Defence

Submarines and All That

Australia is a maritime nation with a continental mindset. — Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair, former Governor of New South Wales The 2009 defence white paper committed the government to acquiring twelve new submarines to replace the existing six Collins-class boats that have now reached on average half their operational life of around twenty-five years. The new submarines are supposed to be built by 2030 but at the time of writing an announcement of the specific type selected has been promised “shortly” and “within weeks”. In any case, the 2013 Budget cuts to the defence forward estimates and the transfer of…

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