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
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Episode 200: INSIGHT: Establishing a grand strategy – Dr Peter Layton, PhD
Episode 199: Working towards a fully sustainable AQS-24B – Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Episode 198: Next generation tactical watercraft – Darren Schuback and Ryan Carmichael, The Whiskey Project
Episode 197: INSIGHT: Australia’s relationship with China – Andrew Hastie MP
Episode 196: PODCAST: The art of effective negotiation – Simon Kelland, Scotwork
Episode 195: PODCAST: ‘Until we have a reasonable parity, it’s not business as usual’ – Jennifer Wittwer
Episode 194: INSIGHT: National resilience – John Blackburn AO, Institute for Integrated Economic Research – Australia
Episode 193: PODCAST: The Useful Belief philosophy – Chris Helder
Episode 192: PODCAST: Transitioning from uniform into corporate life – Matthew Williams, Babcock Australia & New Zealand
Episode 191: PODCAST: Supporting Australian export strategies – Roland Stephens, Australian Trade and Investment Commission