AUKUS submarines: cutting risk, costs and time

By Peter Briggs*

In a recent article for The Strategist I painted a depressing picture of the UK’s submarine capability—a force undercapitalised, with inadequate facilities, short of personnel and unable to get its nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) to sea. Britain’s Royal Navy is struggling to sustain a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent, at the expense of its conventional capabilities.   The combination of issues is leading to poor morale and difficulty filling key senior leadership positions. (The Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The Strategist.)

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