Australian news, and some related international items

USA wants to sell or lease nuclear submarines to Australia

US offers Australia nuclear subs: report, Business Spectator, 22 Feb 2012  The United States has signalled that it is willing to lease or sell a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, as the local Defence Department searches for a replacement for its Collins class vessels, according to The Australian Financial Review.

US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, told the newspaper Washington viewed Australia’s

submarine program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region.

While Defence Minister Stephen Smith has previously ruled out the purchase of a nuclear sub, Coalition leader Tony Abbott would be expected to consider the option if he becomes prime minister, the AFR said…..

February 22, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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