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Australian Notes

Australian notes

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

Submarines no-brainer

Our submarine acquisition program has spent several billion dollars and not seen a metre of steel cut yet. That’s not a bad thing. Abandon the project now, and buy 12 Virginia-class nuclear vessels from the USA.

With regional tensions increasing, building our own one-off type submarines which will arrive in the early 2030s is not good enough.

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Dr Tom Lewis OAM was a naval officer and intelligence analyst for 20 years. He is a military historian whose latest books include Atomic Salvation – how the A-Bombs saved the lives of 30 million, and Teddy Sheean VC, an analysis of the delayed award of a Victoria Cross to Australia’s only naval VC hero.

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