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Podcast – Amphibious Series: Episode 3 Using the Amphibious Capability to contribute to Contemporary Operations with Lieutenant Colonel Doug Pashley

The foundation of Australia’s national security is a maritime strategy. The emerging amphibious capability is a key element of realising a mature, truly joint, national maritime strategy. Army’s contribution to the ADF’s amphibious future is critical. The Australian Army must fully embrace the cultural and training challenges associated with the conduct of amphibious operations a core element of its approach to protecting Australia and its interests.
In addition to the Cove ‘intro’ – Breaking in to amphibious operations, a three-part podcast series on amphibious operations has been compiled to assist with your professional military education.  In this episode, Lieutenant Colonel Doug Pashley Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment discusses:
  • How the Australian Army is using its amphibious capability to contribute to contemporary operations
  • What opportunities does an amphibious capability offer commanders?
  • What are the lessons learned about conducting amphibious operations on Exercise Talisman Sabre and other unit experiences?
  • Is Australia ready to conduct amphibious operations?
  • The importance of effective junior leadership
  • Rapid planning without complete information is a reality in amphibious operations
  • The importance of maintaining fitness, professionalism and discipline on board
  • The importance of an advanced understanding of communications architecture
  • Orchestration of effects

Listen to the podcast and share your thoughts with us about Australia’s amphibious capability and what we need to learn as we move forward into the future.


About the producer: Sharon Mascall-Dare is a Reservist Public Affairs Officer posted to HQ 9th Brigade in South Australia. In her civilian life she is an award winning BBC radio broadcaster and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the University of South Australia.

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