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PODCAST: Regional security and the Pacific Patrol Boat program – Barry Jones, AMC

As the Australian government continues to invest in its signature ‘Pacific Step up’ program, Barry Jones, manager of the Pacific Patrol Boat program (PPB), joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the role of Australian naval shipbuilding and the University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College in supporting regional security.

Originally designed to fulfil a maritime border, fisheries, resource-security and economic exclusion zone (EEZ) patrol capacity following changes made by the United Nations to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Australian-designed and built Pacific Patrol Boats have served as an important contribution to the south Pacific.


During this podcast, Jones will discuss Australia’s contribution to the PPB ranging from the original design and construction phase, through to the existing training, maintenance and sustainment programs keeping the vessels and crews capable in the current operating environment.

Jones and Tarrant will also cover the rationale behind supporting the PPB project and the similar guidance behind introducing the platforms in the 1980s, the expansion of the program with the introduction of the Guardian Class vessels and the addition of Timor-Leste into the program.

They will also discuss the role the Australian Maritime College, part of the University of Tasmania, plays in supporting the development of both Pacific and Australian capability to train, develop and maintain skills across leadership, maintenance, administration and all the facets needed to run a modern naval vessel.

Enjoy the podcast,



The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 161: PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC
Episode 160: PODCAST: Our role in the evolving region and the challenges for Aussie unis – Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan
Episode 158: PODCAST: Exports and the Australian Defence Force – Leon Notelovitz, Santova Logistics
Episode 157: PODCAST: Cyber security and the defence industry – Michelle Price, AustCyber
Episode 156: PODCAST: Replacing Australia’s ARH Tigers and AH-1Z Viper’s expeditionary capabilities – Javier ‘NERF’ Ball and Rowan Tink
Episode 155: PODCAST: Innovation in defence – how Australia stacks up, Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems
Episode 154: PODCAST: Working locally to deliver world-class capabilities, Graham Evenden and Dion Habner, Thales Australia
Episode 153: PODCAST: Shaping workplace culture and behaviour, Stephen Becsi, Pulse Global
Episode 152: PODCAST: Evolution of cyber security, Matthew Gollings and Patrick Batch
Episode 151: PODCAST: Naval Shipbuilding Institute and what it means for the industry, Ian Irving, NSI

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