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  • Swedish government claims Australia is spreading lies about submarines

    03/17/2015 6:31:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | MARCH 17, 2015
    Swedish defence giant Saab has accused the government of spreading lies about its submarine building capability. The head of Sweden’s defence purchasing agency, Lena Erixon, has written to her counterpart at the Defence Materiel Organisation in Canberra, Harry Dunstall, to protest about the denigration of Sweden’s submarine industry led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Ms Erixon also revealed that at no stage had Australian officials requested detailed design details from Sweden or included any technical experts in various government delegations to visit the country. Mr Abbott told Parliament that only France, Germany and Japan could build the submarines. “The last...
  • Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

    11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service. HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney. Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program. The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia. The pair will be the first ships...
  • Huge new warship to give Navy vast power projection (Australia)

    11/21/2014 7:59:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ian McPhedran
    THOUSANDS of mattresses, pillows and doonas, tonnes of food and water and 400 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel have been installed on the navy’s newest and biggest ship — the 27,800-tonne HMAS Canberra. Known as a Landing Helicopter Dock or LHD — the $1.5 billion warship will be commissioned into service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and handed over to Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett at Garden Island in Sydney on Friday November 28. The crew of Nuship Canberra (she actually becomes HMAS Canberra at commissioning) have spent the past 18 months training on advanced land based simulators...
  • Australia's LHD 'as aircraft carrier' headache

    10/15/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Australian Defence Magazine ^ | 07 Oct 2014 | Tom Muir
    It has been widely reported that in the lead up to the 2015 Defence White Paper, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered Defence to assess the benefits of F-35B jump jets and converting the Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) to accommodate them. Previously, the RAAF was committed to buying only the F-35A version of the Joint Strike Fighter. Writing in the academic blog, The Conversation, in June, Stephen L Jones opined that if Australia was serious about buying the jump jet version of the JSF, it would be wise to look at why the UK is the only country to...
  • Swedes launch desperate bid for Oz submarine project

    09/11/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | John Kerin
    Sweden has emerged from a bitter submarine technology row with Germany to mount a last-ditch effort to outbid Japan and Germany for the contract to build AustraliaÂ’s new submarines. The chief executive of Swedish defence giant Saab, Hakan Bushke, weighed into a heated Australian political row after Prime Minister Tony Abbott all but broke an election promise to assemble AustraliaÂ’s new submarines in Adelaide. Mr AbbottÂ’s insistence the decision will be based on value for money and regional policy rather than jobs in Adelaide suggests 10 submarines will be built in Japan for about $20 billion, though the government has...
  • Home-built submarines deemed too expensive, too risky (Australia)

    09/08/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 09, 2014 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON AND RICK WALLACE
    BUILDING a new fleet of submarines in Australia would be too risky and too expensive, the Abbott government has concluded. Instead, the government is considering buying “off-the-shelf” options from Japan and Germany, with Japan’s Soryu- class boat the frontrunner. As well as the risk and cost of building the submarines on home soil, such a project would require big infrastructure spending, whereas Japan has an established production line. Defence sources have told The Australian it would cost between $50 billion and $80bn to design and build the submarines in Australia. This compares with previous estimates that the submarines were likely...
  • Australia Nears Deal to Buy Up to 10 Japanese Submarines

    09/08/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | ROB TAYLOR
    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is close to buying up to 10 submarines from Japan for as much as 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.7 billion) in a move that would turn the north Asian country into a weapons exporter for the first time since World War II. The deal, which senior defense officials said they expect to be signed this year, risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia's security at a time when relations between China and some of its neighbors, including Japan, are strained. A purchase of Japanese submarines also sits uncomfortably next to the...
  • A brand new 27,000 tonne Australian Navy ship was damaged during maiden sea trials

    06/06/2014 5:44:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    news.com.au ^ | JUNE 05, 2014
    A CIVILIAN contract crew made two serious errors during sea trials for the navy’s biggest ever ship, damaging its hull and melting down electrical systems. The first of two $1.5 billion 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), to be known as HMAS Canberra, suffered excessive vibration in May during her first “shakedown cruise” between Melbourne and Sydney. The fault was traced to the brand-new vessel’s two German-built Siemens propulsion pods — or azimuth thrusters — which were out of alignment. Each thruster, fitted at the stern of the ship, has two propellers mounted on large electric powered pods that can be...
  • Subs divide: tale of two companies

    05/30/2014 8:22:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | KYM BERGMANN
    THERE are only a few companies in the Western world that have the capacity to successfully design and build conventional submarines. That number will soon increase by one, with a dramatic demerger of Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Kockums of Sweden being played out in Europe. This has major implications for the Collins-class and SEA 1000 as both companies jostle to take advantage of their changed circumstances even before the dust has settled. While the European defence industry went through a phase of consolidation in the 1990s, this seldom extended into the naval domain and rarely across national boundaries. A...
  • Defence system could earn billions (Australian radar)

    02/16/2014 9:33:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2014 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    LAST year, during a naval exercise off California, a dummy missile fired at an American warship roared through the cruiser’s defences and slammed into its superstructure, starting a fire and injuring two sailors. The dummy missile, with no warhead fitted, punched a hole half a metre wide in the port side of the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorville, which returned to port for repairs. When a similar American missile was fired at the Australian frigate HMAS Perth in an exercise off Hawaii, the Australian crew shot it down using technology developed in the suburbs of Canberra and Adelaide. The Australian...
  • A daunting quest to save our subs (Australia)

    09/25/2013 11:15:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 25, 2013 | Cameron Stewart
    A daunting quest to save our subs "UP periscope" is the famed catchcry of submarine commanders in Hollywood war films, but even that basic command now poses a challenge for Australia's real-life Collins-class submarines. The periscopes on the Collins-class boats are riddled with electrical problems, are prone to breakdown and sometimes suck water into the submarine. Almost a third of their electrical components are obsolete and when they break, there are no spares, meaning they have to be sent to Germany to be fixed. A confidential Defence report, revealed in The Australian today, says the periscopes alone pose a "very...
  • Warships well worth protecting (Australia)

    08/11/2013 5:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | 10 August 2013 | GREG SHERIDAN
    Warships well worth protecting NOTHING quite prepares you for the sheer scale of an Air Warfare Destroyer. To appreciate it properly, you have to see it out of the water. I spent a morning this week clambering around the first of the navy's three AWDs. It's being built in Adelaide by ASC in collaboration with several other companies. It was pouring with rain and everywhere on the ship was wet. The AWD is just too big to be built indoors. Like all modern warships, it is full of kilometres of working cables and narrow, awkward corridors. I've been on big...
  • Backing for 'evolved Collins' (Australian sub)

    05/14/2013 2:16:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 15, 2013 | Brendan Nicholson
    Backing for 'evolved Collins' by:Brendan Nicholson TAKING the best elements from the Collins-class submarines to design and build a new hi-tech class in Australia is a spectacular opportunity, says the engineer in charge of their maintenance. Mark Stephens, the general manager in charge of Collins-class submarine maintenance with ASC in Adelaide, served for 10 years in the navy in surface warships, then worked his way through university to become an engineer. He has worked on the Collins in various capacities since 1998. Mr Stephens welcomed the government's decision to speed up the selection of a design for the promised 12...
  • Australian coalition leaders float nuclear navy

    11/16/2012 7:53:21 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 10, 2012 | Christopher Roye
    Top Coalition leaders want to open the debate over the purchase of nuclear submarines to replace the navy’s diesel fleet, a huge step up in Australia’s military capability in response to China’s plan to become a major maritime power in the Pacific Ocean. Senior Coalition frontbenchers told The Weekend Financial Review that acquiring or leasing Virginia-class nuclear submarines equipped with conventional weapons, such as cruise missiles, would be supported by the Obama Administration. Purchasing the submarines is not yet Coalition policy but some shadow ministers have discussed the idea with United States officials. Australia’s dependence on seaborne trade and China’s...
  • Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines (Australia)

    07/09/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Hamish McDonald
    Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines THE admiral in charge of planning for Australia's next generation of submarines and the chief defence scientist are studying an advanced new submarine in service with the Japanese navy. Rear-Admiral Rowan Moffitt, head of the Royal Australian Navy's Future Submarine Program, and Dr Alexander Zelinsky, the Chief Defence Scientist, travel to Japan this month to look at the Soryu-class submarines, which started service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force three years ago. Access to the Soryu technology was discussed during a visit to Australia last month by the Japanese navy's chief, Admiral Masahiko Sugimoto....
  • US offers Australia nuclear subs: report

    02/21/2012 7:53:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 2+ views
    US offers Australia nuclear subs: report The United States has signalled that it is willing to lease or sell a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, as the local Defence Department searches for a replacement for its Collins class vessels, according to The Australian Financial Review. US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, told the newspaper Washington viewed Australia’s submarine program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region. While Defence Minister Stephen Smith has previously ruled out the purchase of a nuclear sub, Coalition leader Tony Abbott would be expected to consider the option if he becomes prime minister, the AFR said....
  • Navy set to be more capable than ever (Australia)

    01/30/2012 10:31:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Australian Associated Press (AAP) ^ | Jan 31 2012 | Jan 31 2012
    Navy set to be more capable than ever 16:24 AEDT Tue Jan 31 2012 Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent New warships will give Australia's navy more capability than ever before, with some help from the US Marines, Defence Minister Stephen Smith says. Speaking at the navy's Sea Power Conference in Sydney, Mr Smith noted the navy was set to acquire two new landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships, their largest vessels ever, three advanced air warfare destroyers and 12 next generation submarines. As well, the navy's eight Anzac frigates were being upgraded with new radars and missile defences while 24 new...
  • Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service (Australia)

    12/27/2011 2:18:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12/27/2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service THE Australian Defence Force is exploiting forced cutbacks in military spending in Britain and other Western countries, embarking on an unprecedented drive to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew. Defence, which has struggled to fill recruitment quotas in the face of increasing competition from the lucrative private sector, is seeking highly skilled specialists such as fighter pilots, special forces officers and submarine crews. And as an incentive, it is prepared to offer a fast track to Australian citizenship for so-called "lateral recruits" after just three months' service. The Australian has learned...
  • Half-price super subs tempt navy (Australia)

    12/25/2011 7:33:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 26, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Half-price super subs tempt navy by: Cameron Stewart From:The Australian AUSTRALIA can build a new fleet of 12 state-of-the-art submarines in Adelaide for $18 billion, less than half the cost of initial estimates, according to a major report to be released next month. The report, by strategic think tank the Kokoda Foundation, will be embraced by the Gillard government, which has been under pressure from critics to opt for smaller, cheaper, ready-made submarines from Europe rather than pursue Navy's more expensive but preferred option of building a next generation of the Collins-class boats. The report - Australia's Future Submarine, obtained...
  • Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet

    12/13/2011 7:25:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Dec 13, 2011 | Rob Taylor
    Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet Dec 13 (Reuters) - Australia has asked three European companies to submit designs to replace its submarine fleet at a cost of up to A$36 billion ($36 billion) in a defence buildup aimed at protecting resource exports and countering an accelerating arms race in Asia. French naval builder DCNS, part owned by Thales, Germany's Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and Spanish state shipbuilder Navantia had been asked for information on conventional submarine designs, Australia's Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said on Tuesday. "The Future Submarines Project is the biggest and most complex...
  • Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep

    11/28/2011 8:46:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | November 29, 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep SOMEWHERE beneath the wild seas of the Great Australian Bight, 50 Australian Navy submariners are heading home to their HMAS Stirling base in Western Australia after seven weeks in eastern waters. Under the command of 22-year submarine veteran Commander Jason Cupples, the Collins-class boat HMAS Dechaineux will spend about 10 days cruising hundreds of metres below the surface before it sees the sun again off the WA coast near Rockingham. The Courier-Mail spent a day on board Dechaineux off Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast last Friday to witness the capability of...
  • Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs

    11/08/2011 4:10:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 08, 2011 | Ross Babbage
    Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs Australia’s government is considering developing the country’s own submarine fleet. It would be better off buying American. The Australian Government is courting disaster with its approach to this country’s largest-ever defense program, the purchase of new submarines. The government seems determined to spend over $30 billion designing and building in Australia 12 new submarines that will almost certainly have serious flaws, will be delivered late, will be unnecessarily expensive and will be inadequate for our defense needs. How could the government get itself into such a bad position? Some key decision-makers have failed to appreciate...
  • Costs sinking our submarine fleet (Australian navy)

    10/16/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | October 17, 2011 | Ian Mcphedran
    Costs sinking our submarine fleet * by: Ian Mcphedran * From: The Courier-Mail AUSTRALIA'S troubled Collins Class submarines are more than twice as costly to operate as US Navy nuclear submarines that are more than five times larger. According to new figures obtained by News Limited, the six Collins boats cost about $630 million a year or $105 million each to maintain and sustain, making them the most expensive submarines of any type to ever put to sea. At present just two of the fleet of six boats could go to war and with a maximum of three available at...
  • Navy's $80,000 bonus to keep sailors (Australia)

    09/21/2011 8:39:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Navy's $80,000 bonus to keep sailors Cameron Stewart From:The Australian September 22, 2011 THE navy has been forced to offer an unprecedented $80,000 bonus to engineers on its submarines and Anzac-class frigates to stop them being poached by cashed-up mining companies. The move will lead to some non-officer submariners being paid up to $177,000 a year, almost as much as an experienced submarine commander, in a move the navy privately concedes could cause tension in the ranks. The bonuses of between $40,000 and $80,000 will be paid over two years to 200 selected non-officer marine technicians "who possess key operator...
  • HMAS Perth gets new missile defence radar system

    09/03/2011 5:41:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    HMAS Perth gets new missile defence radar system From: AAP September 03, 2011 THE navy has released a new Australian-developed missile defence radar system for initial operational use after achieving what it says are outstanding results from the trial of the system. The navy says the new multi-phased array radar system has been installed on the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth, and identifies, tracks and guides missiles to several targets at the same time. The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, has inspected the radar on HMAS Perth during exercises off the West Australian coast and says the latest weapon in...
  • Smith seeking US help to build 12 subs (Australia)

    07/25/2011 4:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 25, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Smith seeking US help to build 12 subs Brendan Nicholson From:The Australian July 25, 201112:00AM DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith will seek US help with Australia's plan to build 12 big conventional submarines to replace the navy's six troubled Collins-class boats. Mr Smith arrives in Washington today with Defence Department secretary Ian Watt, and the new chief of the Australian Defence Force, General David Hurley, for their first face-to-face talks with new US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta and other senior officials. While the US Navy operates only nuclear-powered submarines and some defence analysts have suggested that Australia should buy or...
  • Trade and defence: our China line (Australia)

    06/24/2011 8:46:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 25, 2011 | Greg Sheridan
    Trade and defence: our China line Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor From:The Australian June 25, 201112:00AM AUSTRALIA is running a comprehensive military hedging strategy against China, although you'll never hear a government minister say so publicly. But that is what the Defence Force Posture Review, announced by Defence Minister Stephen Smith this week, is all about. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has been Labor's central figure on China policy. Smith has also been vital, and overall the government has run an extremely good policy. China is the strategic shadow that looms over everything today. There is a China dimension behind US President...
  • Seahawk deal ditches Europeans (Australia)

    06/17/2011 8:46:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 17, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Seahawk deal ditches Europeans Brendan Nicholson, Defence editor From:The Australian June 17, 2011 THE Gillard government has gone for a no-risk option by buying 24 Seahawk naval combat helicopters for $3 billion "off the shelf" from the US, instead of the rival European NATO frigate helicopter still under development. The decision is causing consternation among European manufacturers who had invested heavily in Australia in the expectation of winning long-term manufacturing and maintenance contracts for the Australian Defence Force's substantial helicopter fleet. "This will be read in the boardrooms of Europe as a clear warning not to invest in Australia," a...
  • Not a single submarine seaworthy (Australia)

    06/09/2011 8:57:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 10, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Not a single submarine seaworthy Cameron Stewart From: The Australian June 10, 2011 12:00AM EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in a generation, Australia does not have a single submarine available to defend the nation today. The Australian understands the entire fleet of six Collins-class submarines cannot be put to sea despite the navy's claim that two of them remain officially "operational". The situation is so dire the navy is believed to have deferred major scheduled maintenance work on its most seaworthy submarine, HMAS Waller, in the hope that at least one submarine will be available in the coming weeks. Not...
  • Overdue and over budget: $8bn destroyer plan in crisis (Australia)

    05/27/2011 8:24:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 27, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Overdue and over budget: $8bn destroyer plan in crisis EXCLUSIVE Cameron Stewart From: The Australian BITTER infighting has erupted between government and industry over the nation's largest defence project, the $8 billion plan to build the navy's new air warfare destroyers, which is two years late and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. The government was yesterday forced to admit publicly that the flagship project was badly behind schedule after it became aware The Australian had the story and was planning to publish it today. Insiders say the plan to build three 6500-tonne destroyers is in crisis barely a...
  • Submarine delay could cost Australia's defences: report

    04/15/2011 9:39:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    ABC News, Australia ^ | Apr 15, 2011 | Sarah Dingle
    Submarine delay could cost Australia's defences: report By Sarah Dingle Posted Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:39am AEST Australia is facing serious naval capability problems unless it can get its new generation of submarines operational within the next decade, according to a study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Australia is set to decommission its six existing Collins class submarines in 2026 and the Government says a new fleet of 12 submarines built in Adelaide will take their place. The report says it will take at least 15 years to build the new fleet and the Navy could be caught short...
  • Defence buys "value for money" ship (Australia)

    04/06/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defence buys "value for money" ship From: AAP April 06, 2011 12:31PM Australia is to buy a near-new surplus British navy amphibious landing ship at what appears a bargain $100 million pricetag. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said Australia had been successful in its bid for RFA Largs Bay, a 16,000 tonne landing ship launched in 2003 and commissioned in 2006. The ship is set to be decommissioned as a cost saving measure under the UK government's Strategic Defence and Security Review released last October. Mr Smith said Australia would pay 65 million pounds or $A100 million at the current exchange...
  • Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN

    03/28/2011 11:46:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN AAP March 25, 2011, 11:11 am Shipbuilder Austal is proposing a smaller version of its revolutionary US Navy Littoral Combat Ship as the Australian navy's next generation warship. Austal chief executive Andrew Bellamy, in Canberra for meetings with defence officials, said the company was now constructing 10 LCSs for the US under a $US3.7 billion ($A3.63 billion) contract announced last year. Under the 2009 Defence White Paper, Australia's existing navy patrol boats, minehunters and hydrographic vessels will be replaced by 20 multi-role vessels (MRVs) with the first scheduled to enter service around 2019. "Our...
  • Big boats pose big questions for Australian defence contracts

    02/18/2011 8:07:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 19, 2011
    Big boats pose big questions for Australian defence while a new era in Australia's defence may have arrived with the launch in Spain of a unique helicopter carrier, doubts remain over exactly what air-power they will haul. Champagne was broken over the hull of the largest ever ship to be commissioned by the Australian Navy, the HMAS Canberra. Images were broadcast on Friday morning on Australian television of the giant amphibious vessel rolling into the water at the northern Spanish port of Ferrol. But it is the unusual focus on helicopter warfare that should ensure HMAS Canberra and the HMAS...
  • Navy's biggest ship takes to the water (Australia)

    02/18/2011 7:44:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    ABC News, Australia ^ | Feb 18, 2011 | Philip Williams
    Navy's biggest ship takes to the water By Europe correspondent Philip Williams Updated Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:55pm AEDT The biggest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy has been launched amid pomp and ceremony at the northern Spanish port of Ferrol. HMAS Canberra and the HMAS Adelaide are amphibious assault ships being built by a Spanish ship-building company, and they are not expected to be in service for three years. While they are based on an off-the-shelf aircraft carrier design, the ships are billed as a whole lot more. They do not come cheaply, at about $1.5 billion...
  • Confidence in our navy is sinking without trace (Australia)

    02/16/2011 8:04:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 16 February 2011 | James Brown
    Confidence in our navy is sinking without trace In May every year a PhD-wielding theoretical physicist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute sifts through the Federal Budget to try and account for how our Defence Force and Defence Department have spent the $26.8 billion we give them to provide for our national security. Mark Thompson has been doing his brilliantly expert work for a decade and it still takes him weeks to decode what Defence reports. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist though to know that our Navy is in crisis. For the past six months, the Department and Minister...
  • Nuclear or not, we'll need prefab subs (Australia)

    02/08/2011 8:25:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 09, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Nuclear or not, we'll need prefab subs Brendan Nicholson, Defence editor From: The Australian February 09, 2011 12:00AM PERHAPS it was Kevin Rudd's most impossible dream - a submarine fleet to face down China. But while the idea of building 12 of our own big boats is still government policy, experts argue the task is beyond us. One solution canvassed this week is to go nuclear. The question is whether this would exchange one set of problems for another. The centrepiece of the 2009 defence white paper was a fleet of 12 new submarines, capable of patrolling off north Asia...
  • Nuclear subs buy floated (Australia)

    02/06/2011 7:49:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 07, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Nuclear subs buy floated Brendan Nicholson From: The Australian February 07, 2011 12:00AM AUSTRALIA could buy 10 of the latest nuclear attack submarines from the US for much less than it would cost to build 12 conventional replacements for the Collins-class boats, says the Kokoda Foundation think tank. Foundation founder Ross Babbage said the submarines could operate with US boats sharing an Australian naval base and they could be maintained by US nuclear experts. Dr Babbage, a member of the government's advisory panel for the 2009 Defence white paper, told The Australian 10 of the US Navy's new Virginia-class attack...
  • Australian defense minister considers to use UK amphibious vessel

    01/20/2011 7:34:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2011-01-19
    Australian defense minister considers to use UK amphibious vessel English.news.cn 2011-01-19 16:48:49 CANBERRA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Australia will consider whether to buy an amphibious vessel from the United Kingdom (UK), Defense Minister Stephen Smith said on Wednesday. Australia has ordered a number of the amphibious vessels from Spain, but they will not be ready until 2015. Following Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Dialogue (AUKMIN) meetings in Sydney on Tuesday, UK Defense Minister Liam Fox visited South Australia (SA) with Smith on Wednesday to look at the defense science technology organizations and other defense capabilities. Smith said the bilateral defense talks had...
  • Romeo likely to be navy's new helicopter (Australia)

    12/14/2010 12:57:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Australian Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2010
    Romeo likely to be navy's new helicopter December 14, 2010 - 2:29PM .AAP Australia's new naval helicopter is likely to be one which is used extensively by the US Navy - the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R (Romeo), a new study says. Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Andrew Davies said the government could announce a final decision between the Romeo and the European NFH-90 (Nato Frigate Helicopter) early next year. Dr Davies said since the tender competition was launched in February, events had tended to favour the Romeo, with 76 aircraft in US Navy service flying more than 50,000 hours with a...
  • Australia needs 12 large subs for security

    11/09/2010 8:22:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | November 10, 2010 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australia needs 12 large subs for security Brendan Nicholson From: The Australian AUSTRALIA will need 12 big, long-range submarines to help it shape its own strategic future. The region will be increasingly dominated by China, says Paul Dibb, author of the 1987 defence white paper. In the wake of warnings about China's growing military power at the Ausmin talks, Professor Dibb will tell a Submarine Institute conference in Perth today it is time Australians took their strategic outlook much more seriously. "We ignore our own unique strategic geography at our peril in the decades ahead," he will say. Having a...
  • $8bn navy flagship founders after construction bungle (Australia)

    10/25/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 26, 2010 | Cameron Stewart
    $8bn navy flagship founders after construction bungle EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Stewart AUSTRALIA'S largest defence project, the $8 billion plan to build the navy's new air warfare destroyers, has had its first serious setback. A Melbourne shipyard has botched the construction of the central keel block of the first warship. The multi-million-dollar bungle could delay the project by up to six months and is believed to have triggered a rift between the Williamstown shipyards, where the hull block was built, and the warship's Spanish designer. The setback has alarmed the Defence Materiel Organisation, which sees the AWDs as its flagship project and...
  • New radar allows 'channels of fire' (Australian navy)

    10/23/2010 5:31:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 23, 2010 | Gregor Ferguson
    New radar allows 'channels of fire' Gregor Ferguson From: The Australian October 23, 2010 A LITTLE bit of history was made this month in Western Australia when an Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Perth, slipped her moorings and sailed into Cockburn Sound for the first time with an all-new Australian radar system fitted. The ship has been moored at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, just south of Fremantle, being fitted with solid-state radars designed and manufactured by Canberra-based firm CEA Technologies. These are mounted atop a sleek, futuristic-looking new lightweight mast built by BAE Systems Australia. The Ceafar and Ceamount radars...
  • The TrueMajority 10 Principles (Help dissect propaganda)

    03/05/2003 4:56:41 PM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies · 523+ views
    True Majority ^ | 3/05/03 | Ben Cohen
    1. Attack World Hunger and Poverty as if Our Life Depends on It: It Does. Anchor our foreign policy in the compassion for the poor that unites all the world's religions. Reduce the debts of impoverished countries. Shift foreign aid from buying weapons to feeding people. 2. Champion the Rights of Every Child, Woman and Man. Make America stand for justice, not expediency. Stop turning a blind eye to governments that abuse their own people. Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. If punishing a foreign tyrant means,...
  • Royal Australian Navy Test-Fires Raytheon Standard Missile-2

    01/19/2010 6:58:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 272+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/19/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Royal Australian Navy fired Raytheon Company's warfare missile during recent tests on board the HMAS Melbourne. "With this firing, Melbourne's crew validated the work done to transition warships from SM-1 capability to SM-2," said Ron Shields, Raytheon's SM-2 program director. "This was the first time an SM-2 has been launched by any navy from an upgraded frigate, clearing the way for other fleets to make similar upgrades." As the most widely fielded variant of SM-2, Block IIIA is deployed by the U.S. and eight allied navies. The missile is part of a long-range area air defense capability capitalizing on...
  • New subs come with a $36bn price tag(Australia)

    10/29/2009 9:32:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 683+ views
    Adelaide Now, Australia ^ | October 30, 2009 | IAN MCPHEDRAN
    New subs come with a $36bn price IAN MCPHEDRAN October 30, 2009 12:01am The project will be a boon for South Australia, with the Federal Government saying the 12 next-generation submarines will be built at Osborne regardless of who wins the contract. But a report out today warns that trying to build the new subs in Australia would be fraught with danger and the purchase of smaller, short-range "off-the-shelf" overseas submarines should not be ruled out. The report, from the Government-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute, predicts the Australian-made subs would cost a "staggering" $3 billion each - three times the...
  • Sub numbers a major concern: Faulkner

    10/21/2009 3:32:48 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 664+ views
    Nine News ^ | October 21, 2009
    Defence has admitted the Collins submarines are again a major concern, with the most recent mishap requiring a vessel to limp home after a catastrophic engine breakdown. Head of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Dr Stephen Gumley said the Collins submarines had now gone to the top of the list of troublesome projects - a position once occupied by the now cancelled Seasprite helicopter project. Once labelled "dud subs" after a series of problems, the Collins had undergone a protracted remediation program over the past decade which seemed to have overcome all defects. Following the recent engine breakdown, just one...
  • Engine problems cripple Collins-class submarines

    10/20/2009 10:53:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies · 2,163+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 21, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    Engine problems cripple Collins-class submarines THE navy's $6 billion Collins-class submarines face serious operational restrictions after being hit by a run of crippling mechanical problems and troubling maintenance issues. Some senior engineering experts now contend that the Swedish-supplied Hedemora diesel engines may have to be replaced - a major design and engineering job that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take years to complete. So serious are the problems that the Defence Materiel Organisation has put the Collins boats at the top of its list of "projects of concern" - the key equipment issues troubling Australia's Defence leaders....
  • Woman Asks Why Obama Allowed to Create "Czars"; "He's a Communist" Rings Out - Town Hall Video

    08/26/2009 8:16:58 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 35 replies · 1,951+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 26, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy holding a Town Hall Meeting in Bakersfield where he was asked why the Congress was allowing President Obama to create all the "Czars" he is creating. Just before he answered there were shouts from the audience of "He's a communist!" McCarthy answered the question by saying he did not believe Obama had the right to appoint these "Czars" AND give them powers that encroach on the "Checks and Balances" the Constitution requires. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Only one submarine left to defend Australia

    05/21/2009 7:02:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | May 21, 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    Only one submarine left to defend Australia By Ian McPhedran The Advertiser May 21, 2009 07:18am SUBMARINE woes have hit a new low with just one of six Collins Class craft fit for service. Experts differ on the security risk this poses for the nation, but they agree that having just one boat available to defend the nation is a terrible return on a $10 billion taxpayer investment. With HMAS Waller tied up at the Henderson shipyard south of Perth for urgent battery repairs, the only seaworthy sub is HMAS Farncomb. The other four boats are either out of active...