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Turning Japanese a good sub alternative

The sorry saga goes on

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

Australia’s submarine program staggers along, rather like an aged pensioner who wants to keep working.

The latest pedestrian bollard into which it has crashed is an assessment of the proposal to extend the life of the current six Collins-class vessels, the last of which entered the water in 2003.

The review, by former US navy deputy assistant secretary Gloria Valdez, says the government-owned submarine company ASC lacks the design and engineering experience to extend the life of the submarines for a decade.

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