Monday, March 20, 2023

US, Australia and UK sign nuclear powered submarine deal – Usky News

Washington: The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have announced a nuclear-powered submarine deal aimed at countering Chinese aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region.
The announcement was made after the leaders of the three countries attended a summit in San Diego on Monday and stressed that the move was to keep the Indo-Pacific region “free and open”.
“with the support and approval of CongressIn the early 2030s, the United States will sell three Virginia-class submarines to Australia, with the potential to sell two more if necessary, jumping its undersea capability a decade earlier than many predicted,” Biden said. Said in San Diego with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak,
“This state-of-the-art conventionally armed nuclear powered submarine will work – combining UK submarine technology and design with US technology,” he said.
Australia’s future ssnWhat Biden described as “SSN-Oceus” will also be a state-of-the-art platform designed to take advantage of the best of submarine technology from all three countries.
SSN-AUKUS will be based on the United Kingdom’s next-generation SSN design, incorporating state-of-the-art American submarine technologies, and will be built and deployed by both Australia and the United Kingdom.
“Early this year, Australian staff will embed alongside US and UK staff on boats and bases in our schools and shipyards. We will also begin to increase our port visits to Australia. In fact, as we speak, the nuclear The energy-powered submarine, USS Asheville, is making a port call in Perth,” Biden said.
“And later this decade, we will establish a rotational presence of US and UK nuclear-powered subs in Australia to help develop the work force Australia will need to build and maintain its fleet,” They said.
Describing it as a new chapter in relations between the three countries, Albanese said it is a friendship based on their shared values, commitment to democracy and a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous future.
“The AUKUS agreement, we confirm here in San Diego, represents the largest single investment in Australia’s defense capability in our entire history, strengthening Australia’s national security and stability in our region; building a made-in-Australia future with record investment in skills, jobs and infrastructure; and to provide a better defense capability in future,” he said.
Beginning in the next decade, Australia will take delivery of three US Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarines. He said this is the first time in 65 years and only the second time in history that the US has shared its nuclear propulsion technology.
Commenting on the deal, Sunak said, “Sixty years ago, here in San Diego, President Kennedy spoke of a lofty purpose: the maintenance of liberty, peace and security. Today we stand together for that same purpose. Recognizing that to accomplish this, we must forge new types of relationships to meet new challenges, as we have always done.”
“Over the last 18 months, the challenges we are facing have only increased. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, China’s increasing assertiveness, Iran and North Korea’s destabilizing behavior all threaten to create a world defined by chaos, disorder, and division,” he said.
“Faced with this new reality, it is more important than ever that we strengthen the resilience of our countries. This is why the UK is today announcing a significant increase in our defense budget.
“We are providing an additional £5 billion over the next two years, immediately boosting our defense budget to around 2.25 per cent of GDP. This will allow us to replenish our war stockpile and modernize our nuclear enterprise, deliver AUKUS and will allow us to strengthen our deterrent. Our top priority is to continue providing military assistance to Ukraine because their security is our security.


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