Sunday 19 Aug 2018 | 19:43 | SYDNEY

Western militaries in the early 21st century find themselves busy with land-based stabilisation and counter-insurgency missions.  Yet at the same time, many countries are embarking on major new investments in naval capabilities.  Australia, for instance, recently announced its selection of three air warfare destroyers and two large 'strategic projection' transport ships.  This week at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Norman Friedman, a leading U.S. expert on strategic and naval affairs, explored why naval power still matters.

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