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Submarine Institute Welcomes AUKUS Submarines Announcement
The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) welcomes the announcement of the optimum pathway for the acquisition of Nuclear-Powered Submarines by Australia. The phased pathway balances the urgency of introducing this new capability to protect Australia’s sovereignty and prosperity with maintaining our submarine capability through Collins and introduction of the Virginia class, while allowing the time to develop the skills, infrastructure and fifth generation Australian workforce required to design and build the SSN-AUKUS," said Michael Fitzgerald, President of the Institute.
"The plan is achievable with continued trust between all three nations, bipartisan support and new levels of partnership, collaboration, innovation, and co-ordination across Government, industry, and academia."
“This announcement is just the beginning of a long and complex journey which will see the SSN-AUKUS designed with the US and UK and built in Australia to meet Australia’s needs. The SIA firmly believes that Australia has the capability and can develop the capacity to contribute to the industrial base of all three nations. Australia can safely build and operate nuclear powered submarines”.
“The SIA has been leading the debate on the importance of Australia’s submarine capability to its sovereignty and prosperity since its establishment in 1999. The SIA focussed on the benefits of nuclear-powered submarines at its inaugural nuclear seminar in October 2019. The SIA will continue to lead and promote informed discussion. The journey from Collins to SSNs will feature at our next Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC 7) to be held 18-20 September 2023 in Adelaide”.
AE1 Project Touchstone
The objective of AE1 Project Touchstone is to
recover a relic from HMAS AE1 to provide the centre piece of a national memorial/display in the Australian War Memorial (AWM).
The Current Situation
The Project is being managed by a not-for-profit organisation, the Australian E Class
Submarine Foundation Ltd, the same team who led the search for, and detailed
examination of, AE1 in 2017 and 2018.
The immediate priority is a Check Survey of AE1, utilising an ROV to obtain still and video footage to provide information on her. More details via this link