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As the defence partnership between Britain, Australia, and the United States strengthens under the AUKUS pact, Australian sailors will soon start training on the United Kingdom’s nuclear-powered submarines, the British government stated on Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace proclaimed that the commissioning of the Royal Navy’s newest attack submarine, HMS Anson, in Barrow-in-Furness, England, was “a significant milestone in the UK and Australia’s preparation to confront growing threats to the liberal democratic order, especially in the Indo-Pacific.”
Richard Marles, the deputy prime minister of Australia, was present for the commissioning, and Wallace praised both British domestic and international shipbuilding.
Wallace said, “HMS Anson, built in a UK shipyard, demonstrates the very best of British industry, sustaining our world-leading sub-surface capabilities and underscoring the UK’s readiness to contribute them to shared security, especially with our closest allies Australia and the United States under the AUKUS initiative.
The technology, capability, and lethality on display, according to Marles, who is also Australia’s defence minister, “is truly astounding.”
The news that Australian submariners will be training on HMS Anson today speaks volumes about the AUKUS partnership’s future goals, according to Marles.
In accordance with the AUKUS agreement, Australia aims to deploy nuclear-powered submarines to its fleet by 2040.
The three allies insisted that the deal was not directly directed against Beijing, but the US administration under US President Joe Biden saw it as a significant step to offset China’s growing naval presence in the Indo-Pacific.
Australian submariners, according to the British Ministry of Defense, have previously completed land-based training aboard US and UK submarines.
“Before Australian submariners head to sea, more will come the following year. Between the three AUKUS nations, the training and exchanges herald the start of an intergenerational naval alliance “declared the ministry.
The deployment of Australian submariners alongside our British crews exemplifies the strength of the AUKUS partnership, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “From the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea, our submarine service is protecting the UK and our allies 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Johnson said.
The prospective Australian nuclear-powered submarines’ design has not yet been decided. It might resemble attack subs from the Virginia class of the US Navy, the UK’s Astute class, or a brand-new Australian vessel.
Of the seven nuclear-powered attack submarines of the Astute class planned for the British fleet, HMS Anson is the fifth. The 318-foot (97-meter) sub will be equipped with a combination of 38 torpedoes and 1,000-kilometer-range Tomahawk cruise missiles (621 miles). The Ministry of Defense estimates that it will not require refuelling for its nuclear reactor for 25 years.
The price was $1.5 billion according to the ministry.
According to First Sea Lord Adm. Sir Ben Key, “HMS Anson represents the bleeding edge in submarine design and construction, ensuring operational advantage in the underwater battlespace, the last great stealth domain.”
There is no more crucial weapon in the arsenal of the United Kingdom, according to Key. It is silent, unnoticed, and a vital piece of our global, contemporary, and prepared Royal Navy.