The Future of the Australian Navy

Dec 2, 2000
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Dec 2, 2000
58,590
380
283
Easley South Carolina
Today's Feature Story From Reuters:

Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet
quote:

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Australia has asked three European companies to submit designs to replace its submarine fleet at a cost of up to A$36 billion ($36 billion) in a defence buildup aimed at protecting resource exports and countering an accelerating arms race in Asia.
More at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/13/australia-submarines-idUSL3E7ND1W020111213

On the other hand, from The Australian:

Collins fleet damned as unfit, safety risk
quote:

A DEVASTATING new report into the nation's Collins-class submarine fleet has warned of profound safety risks arising from inexperienced crews, a paucity of experts, poor reliability and a dysfunctional maintenance system.
More at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/collins-fleet-damned-as-unfit-safety-risk/s tory-e6frg8yo-1226221305084

Comment: Canberra's going to have an "interesting time" selling this project to the nation when it's percieved that they can't even keep up the boats that they have.​