Defending Australia, its interests
and its people
In cooperation with the Army and Air Force, the Navy is responsible for defending Australia, its coastline, its shipping lanes and its citizens. It also protects our waters from illegal fishing, drug running and illegal immigration; contributes to regional security; and supports global interests, through:
- providing maritime patrol and response
- maintaining a strategic strike capability
- protecting shipping and offshore territories and resources, and
- collecting and evaluating maritime intelligence.