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SIA Media Release - Countdown to major submarine conference


9th October 2018

Media Release – 10 October 2018


It’s just four weeks until the 9th Biennial Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) Conference 2018 and just over two weeks until registrations for the event close.

Another high-profile line-up of speakers has been assembled, including Australia’s Chief of Navy, confirming the conference’s reputation as the leading submarines forum in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speakers at the conference, which will be held in Canberra from 6-8 November, include:
  • Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Defence;
  • Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Defence;
  • Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN, Chief of Navy;
  • Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut AM, CSC, RAN, Head, Future Submarine Program, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence;
  • Rear Admiral David Goggins USN, Program Executive Officer – Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command, United States Navy; and
  • Hon David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate (Conference Dinner Speaker).
SIA President, Mark Sander said: “Recent publicity about the contracting arrangements for the Future Submarines, included discussion and debate about the importance of the Collins-class submarines in maintaining Australia’s sovereign submarine capability.

“Therefore, it has turned out to be timely that the theme for this year’s conference is ‘Collins Life-of-Type Extension – Issues and Opportunities’.”

Tickets to the conference are selling quickly. For further information about speakers and how to register, please visit the SIA’s website:

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