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Australia ‘to buy up to five US nuclear submarines’ under AUKUS pact

By Richard Wood • Senior Journalist, Mar 9, 2023

Australia is expected to buy up to five US Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines in the 2030s under the AUKUS defence pact between Washington, Canberra and London, reports say.

US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said after the annual port visits, the US would forward deploy some submarines in Western Australia by around 2027, the Reuters news agency reported today.

Australia would buy three Virginia class submarines in the early 2030s and have the option to buy two more, the sources said.

Australia’s new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines will be based on a modified British design with US parts and upgrades, the report said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will travel to the US next week to unveil the choice of submarine design for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

More than 10,000 jobs will be created from Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS defence pact, according to the country’s navy.


March 10, 2023 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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