2017 Goldrick Seminar

Submarines Today and in the Future

The undersea environment is the most complex and challenging operating environment for Navies. This year’s Goldrick Seminar will discuss these complexities and the new capabilities that will equip the Navy and other elements of the Australian Defence Force. This seminar is being held jointly with the Submarine Institute Australia. The venue will be the Adams Auditorium at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus. Speakers will be drawn from senior levels of Defence, academia, industry and the media. The intention is for the proceedings to be both recorded and later published.

Thursday, 26th October 2017

Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell A.C.T.

Seminar Speakers

  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence
  • Rear Admiral James Goldrick
  • Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program
  • Captain Geoff Wadley, Commander Submarines
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mika Ihalainen, Swedish Defence Attache Australia and New Zealand
  • Commodore Peter Scott
  • Commodore Lee Goddard, Vice President Australian Naval Institute



Session 1: Submarine Operations

Opening and Welcome Dr Rita Parker Dr John Arnold, Deputy Rector UNSW Canberra
Minister’s Speech Introduction by Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence
Australia’s Future Submarine Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program
The Strategic Role of Submarines in the 21st Century Dr Andrew Davies
The Current Force Captain Geoff Wadley, Commander Australian Submarine Force
Swedish Submarine Operations in Littoral Waters - The Strategic Context Lieutenant Colonel Mika Ihalainen, Swedish Defence Attache Australia and New Zealand


Session 2: Submarine Platform & People

Future Technologies Mr David Kershaw, Chief Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology Group
Submarine Sovereignty and What it Means for Australia Mr Brent Clark, CEO Naval Group Australia
Psychology of a Submarine Captain Commodore Peter Scott
Open Forum Commodore Lee Goddard, ANI Vice President
Concluding Remarks Rear Admiral James Goldrick
Launch of Australian Naval History Podcast Series (Oberon Submarines) Dr John Arnold, Deputy Rector UNSW Canberra