Australia to boost capacity in Pacific


Defence planners said the spending would boost what help Australia could offer Pacific neighbours with two new fleets of amphibious craft with the staying power to offer a sustained Australian military presence in the thick of any crisis in the region.

After three years of exploratory work, the government has given the go-ahead for defence to spend $800 million on the project that links key national objectives in disaster resilience, regional security, sovereign defence capability, and jobs opportunities.

The project involves replacing the Vietnam-era vessels LCM-8 and the LARC-V, which made recent headlines for beach rescues during last year’s bushfires, with new independent landing craft that operate as a mothership and amphibious vehicles capable of making the entire journey on their own.


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