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NUCLEAR SUBMARINES NOT WELCOME IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA , 1 feb 2012,  Plans to host American nuclear submarines at Garden Island should be rejected, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said. Senator Ludlam said the Australian Defence Force posture review – an inquiry into Australian defence bases – was off target with the suggestion that US nuclear submarines should be serviced at Garden Island. The risks of routinely floating nuclear reactors in and out of Cockburn sound shouldn’t be underestimated. Western Australian police and emergency services personnel are completely under-resourced to cope with even a minor reactor leak.

Call for more US nuclear sub facilities Canberra Times, BY DAVID ELLERY, DEFENCE REPORTER, 31 Jan, 2012  American nuclear submarines could call Australia home if a proposal by two of Australia’s leading Defence experts is included in the 2014 Defence White Paper. Former Defence Department secretaries Allan Hawke and Ric Smith have called for billions of dollars to be spent to protect Australia’s approaches and keep the fast emerging ”energy belt” safe from attack.

One of their suggestions, released in the interim report of the Force Posture Review, is for the submarine facilities at Fleetbase West – Perth’s HMAS Stirling – to be upgraded so they can be used to support US nuclear submarines….
Current Labor policy rules out any consideration of a nuclear option in $36billion replacement of the Collins fleet.

Mr Smith said the Defence Force Posture Review – which has been
carried out in conjunction with a global force positioning review by
the US – recognised the world was coming to Australia…. Mr Babbage
said if facilities at the submarine wharf at HMAS Stirling were
upgraded it was likely joint operations involving the US and
Australian submarine forces would be stepped up.

”What Dr Hawke and Mr Smith are saying is that whatever we build in
Perth to handle the enhanced [Australian] submarine force should be
capable of supporting nuclear powered submarines,” he said.

The review’s final report, due by the end of March, will form a part
of the security and strategic considerations for the 2014 Defence
White Paper.

January 31, 2012 - Posted by | weapons and war, Western Australia

1 Comment »

  1. Not wanted at Garden Island.


    Comment by grantdo | January 31, 2012 | Reply

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