Defence Minister Richard Marles strongly backs the AUKUS-inspired nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) project, including developing the industrial base and highly trained workforce to make that happen.


This article by Brendan Nicholson, writing for ASPI, makes the following points:
  • The Minister has stated that Australia needs a highly capable defence force which will mean the result of the world will ‘take us seriously’.
  • task force examining how Australia will acquire its submarines will make its recommendations to the government in March 2023.
  • Options include the US Virginia-class and British Astute-class submarines.


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