New AUKUS plan has Australia buying three U.S. subs in early 2030s, followed by 'SSN-AUKUS'

By Tony Bertuca / March 13, 2023 at 4:00 PM
The United States, the U.K. and Australia have announced a three-phased plan for Australia to obtain U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the early 2030s, followed by "SSN-AUKUS" in the early 2040s. The first phase of the AUKUS security pact, according to three senior Biden administration officials, involves establishing a new rotational U.S. and U.K. submarine force in Australia as early as 2027 to be called “Submarine Rotational Forces-West.” Leading up the establishment of the SRF-W, Australia will invest substantially in its...

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