The Pacific International Maritime Conference is held every two years in Australia and is sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy. The latest gathering took place in Sydney from 6-8 October and focused “exclusively on naval defence and maritime security issues and equipment procurement.” According to the US Naval Institute it “brings together Navy chiefs from over 50 nations, as well as government and industry delegations from across the world.”
It was a hand-shaking, old-boy network jamboree at which two nations with major interest in the Pacific region were not represented. No admirals or industry delegations from China or Russia were welcomed to the Conference, at which the keynote speaker was the commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, Admiral Scott H. Swift, whose impressive chest candy includes medals for humanitarian service and pistol shooting.
After Admiral Swift took command in May 2015 he went on a seven-hour flight…
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