Australian news, and some related international items

French navy warns AUKUS nuclear submarine plan will be ‘much more difficult’ for Australia

By defence correspondent Andrew Greene. 29 July 22,

One of France’s most senior defence figures is warning Australia that acquiring nuclear submarines will be “much more difficult” than the now scrapped plan to build a new fleet of conventionally powered boats.

Key points:

  • French military chief Nicolas Vaujour was in Sydney for talks with Australian and US military leaders at the high-powered defence conference
  • Vice Admiral Vaujour says he was “surprised” at Australia’s decision to obtain nuclear-powered submarines
  • France proposed the two countries organise joint naval training drills

As both nations look to reset relations following the diplomatic fallout from last year’s AUKUS announcement, the French military’s Chief of Operations of the Joint Staff is signalling a “new era” of cooperation involving more naval exercises and cooperation.

Vice Admiral Nicolas Vaujour has travelled to Sydney for talks with Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell and other military leaders at the high-powered Indo-Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Conference………………………………


July 30, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, weapons and war

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