Australian news, and some related international items

Australian submariners to train onboard British nuclear-powered submarines under AUKUS deal

ABC, By Jack Hawke in London, 1 Sept 22,

Australian submariners will train onboard British nuclear-powered submarines for the first time in the latest announcement under the AUKUS security pact.

Key points:

  • Royal Australian Navy submariners will train with British Royal Navy counterparts on nuclear-powered subs
  • Australia will be provided with its own nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS agreement
  • Defence figures have warned Australia is facing a capability gap because of ageing submarines

Under the deal, Royal Australian Navy sailors will join their British counterparts on the Astute-class submarines after completing specialised nuclear training courses.

Defence Minister Richard Marles met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on Wednesday in Barrow-in-Furness in England’s north-west to attend the commissioning of the latest Astute-class submarine, the HMS Anison.

Mr Marles said Australia was “eager to learn from our counterparts”.

……………………………………. But where exactly the new submarines will be built and whom will build them will not be revealed by the federal government until at least March next year.

Concerns have also been raised by some defence experts over the timeframe for the delivery of the next generation submarines, which may not happen until the 2040s……………..


September 1, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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