The Future of the Australian Navy

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From The Courier and Mail:

Premier Anna Bligh urges Australian Defence Force to relocate submarines to Port of Brisbane to guard Qld's gas and coal reserves
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SHE'S been called "Captain Bligh", now the Premier wants Navy subs based in Queensland to guard the state's rich gas and coal reserves.

With HMAS Cairns the only major naval base on Queensland's coastline, Anna Bligh has urged the Australian Defence Force to relocate its submarines to the Port of Brisbane.
More at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/bligh-has-submarines-in-her-sights/story-e6freoof-1226145321837

Comment: Considering the value of the resources in question, positioning military assets close to where they are in order to protect them only makes good sense.​
 
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From The Australian:

Submarine Institute warns Defence has left it too late to co-ordinate production of locally built submarines
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PLANS to build 12 big submarines in Australia are running so late that unless extraordinary steps are taken quickly, the navy will be left without submarines when the Collins-class fleet is retired.
More at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/submarine-institute-warns-defence-has-left-it-too-late-to-co-ordinate-production-of-locally-b uilt-submarines/story-e6frg8yo-1226158484941
 
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From Market Watch:

Northrop Grumman Upgrades Enhance Royal Australian Navy Frigate Anti-Ship Missile Defence Systems
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct 5, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- System upgrades provided by Northrop Grumman Corporation into the ANZAC Class frigate HMAS Perth helped optimize the performance of the ship's Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) system during recent sea trials conducted by the Royal Australian Navy.
More at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/northrop-grumman-upgrades-enhance-royal-australian-navy-frigate-anti-ship-missile-defence-systems-2011-10-05
 
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From The Queensland Business Review:

Townsville Port upgrade gathers steam
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Premier Anna Bligh today turned the first sod on the $118 million upgrade of Townsville Port.

A new passenger terminal will be built to lure cruise ships to the city and Berth 10 will be rebuilt and lengthened to accommodate Australia's new warships.
More at http://www.qbr.com.au/news/articleid/76301.aspx
 
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From The Australian:

Sub parts to be built outside South Australia
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THE Gillard government has dealt a blow to South Australia's defence industry, conceding key components and modules of the $35 billion future submarine project will be built outside of the state.
More at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/sub-parts-to-be-built-outside-south-australia/story-e6frg8yo-1226167136675

Comment: I'll bet this one is going to go over real well with Australian shipbuilders...NOT!!!!​
 
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From Defence Professionals:

Construction Begins at Navantia of Five Blocks Second Royal Australian Navy Destroyer
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07:54 GMT, October 19, 2011 The Navantia-Ferrol Fene shipyard on 18 October began the construction of five blocks for the second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) for the Royal Australian Navy.

This milestone was achieved on the premises of Aceros de Ferrol, when first steel was cut for block number 109.
More at http://www.defpro.com/news/details/28969/?SID=62adaec80ee6df704812ec272ed81cfb
 
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From The Australian Navy Website:

Minister for Defence — Largs Bay officially handed over to Australian Defence Force
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Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Largs Bay, now ADF Ship Choules, had been formally handed to the Australian Defence Force at Falmouth Dockyard in the United Kingdom.
More at http://www.navy.gov.au/Minister_for_Defence_%E2%80%93_Largs_Bay_officially_handed_over_to_Australian_Defence_Force
 
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From The Australian Navy Website:

Gigantic Leap Forward
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A small delegation of Australian Defence Force (ADF) officers led by MAJGEN Rick Burr and CDRE Ian Middleton saw firsthand the future of the Australian amphibious capability last month with a visit aboard the Spanish Helicopter Landing Dock (LHD) VP Juan Carlos I.
More at http://www.navy.gov.au/Gigantic_Leap_Forward
 
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From The ABC (OpEd)

That sinking feeling: Smith, subs and national security
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If Stephen Smith wants to replace Prime Minister Julia Gillard he would be in a stronger position if he did a better job in his portfolio.

As he has only been Defence Minister since September 2010, it might be a bit harsh to judge his efforts so far, but he has one very big issue that seems to be dragging.
More at http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3598282.html