There is an ongoing debate about the submarine capability gap Australia faces as Australia could be waiting decades for nuclear-powered submarines. A group of former senior navy personnel say a new Collins submarine is the only option.


This article by Tory Shepherd, writing for The Guardian, makes the following points:
  • Defence Minister Richard Marles says that dealing with the capability gap is his top priority, and he has an open mind about dealing with it.
  • Four respected defence experts have written to the defence department and Mr Marles to argue that a new submarine should be based on the existing Collins submarine.
  • The four former senior naval officers argue that conventional subs could be in the water by 2032.
  • The first nuclear-powered submarines being planned under the AUKUS agreement are unlikely to be operational before 2040.


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