Established in 1947, the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) relied on shipping to survey the Antarctic coastline, conduct oceanographic and marine science, and resupply stations.
Over the years, the Australian Antarctic Division has chartered polar icebreakers and other vessels with varying degrees of success.
The launch of Australia’s Antarctic flagship, the Aurora Australis, in 1989, initiated a new era of research and resupply capability. Recently, the Australian government announced the delivery of a new world-leading Antarctic icebreaker to replace the aging Aurora Australis. This next-generation successor will further advance Australia’s Antarctic capabilities.