APDR May 2020: Sea mine counter measures in the RAN 2020 – part II

In last month’s edition, a summary of the present state of play in the RAN’s Mine Countermeasures capability was provided and concerns were raised as to the wisdom of pursuing an all or nothing approach to Autonomous Systems. These two ships are to be built under SEA 1905 in WA and it is understood they will be constructed of steel without any shock hardening, degaussing or acoustic silencing: a high-risk approach for an MCM vessel. In this second instalment, a position is put for a more balanced approach to maintaining and regenerating the failing MCM capability of the Royal Australian Navy.

OTHER WORLD NAVIES The Royal Navy (RN) and United States Navy (USN) will continue to retain dedicated MCMVs into the near future…

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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