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James Goldrick

James Goldrick AO, CSC was a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute.

He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1974 and retired in 2012 as a two-star Rear Admiral. He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf and the Australian Defence Force Academy. He led Australia’s Border Protection Command and later commanded the Australian Defence College. A Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, an Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW at ADFA and a Professorial Fellow of ANCORS, his research interests include naval and maritime strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the response of navies to changing technologies and operational challenges. His books include: The King’s Ships Were at Sea: The War in the North Sea August 1914-February 1915 and No Easy Answers: The Development of the Navies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Navies of South-East Asia: A Comparative Study, co-authored with Jack McCaffrie, will be published later in 2012.


Articles by James Goldrick (21)

  • Four myths about Australian naval shipbuilding

    In light of the new surface warship construction program announced by Prime Minister Abbott in Adelaide last week, some misconceptions need to be dispelled. First is the idea that, under the Government's new plans, the ANZAC class frigates will be replaced well before their due date. The first ANZAC commissioned in 1996. It will be 24 years old when production of the new ships starts.
  • China's navy showing its inexperience on the open oceans

    The US Navy has formed the view that the November 2013 incident between the American cruiser Cowpens and the Chinese carrier group arose directly from the PLA Navy's lack of experience with oceanic operations and the formal and informal rules which govern interactions between foreign navies. That's the implication in an address given by US Pacific fleet commander Admiral Samuel Locklear to the Navy Surface Association Conference in January. In the past, the vast majority of encounters between th
  • Considering Indonesia's boundaries

    Media reports of the Royal Australian Navy and Customs and Border Protection Service's recent breaches of Indonesia's territorial waters contain little detail of the actual transgressions, but it is most likely that they result from confusion over the way in which those waters are defined. Under the Law of the Sea as laid down within the 1982 UN Convention, territorial waters are generally taken as extending 12 nautical miles out from land.
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