Australian Nuclear Submarines

Australia is to become the only non-nuclear nation to have nuclear-propelled submarines which will be built in cooperation with the US and the UK.

It is the first initiative of a new enhanced trilateral security partnership announced by the leaders of the three nations in a joint statement today (16 September 2021).

The ANI has long followed the Australian submarine program with articles on progress with the replacement of the Collins Class submarine, including analysis and commentary on whether the decision to build diesel-electric submarines in Australia was the best solution; the costs of that decision; and the time it would take to deliver on it.

The Australian Naval Institute will continue to provide a range of reports, analysis and commentary.

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First Collins Class life-of-type extension

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On 5 June it was announced that HMAS Farncomb will be the first of Australia’s six Collins...

Russian N-sub to visit Cuba

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The top-modern, heavily armed, submarine is part of a Russian naval detachment of four ships that will...

Progress on French-Indonesian sub deal

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Following the contract signing on March 28, Indonesia is now preparing the financing scheme and production facilities...

Explanation for Chinese flare drop

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By Justin Burke* During the Cold War, it was not unheard of for Soviet ships to attempt to...

Ukraine’s new Black Sea sub

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Already severely battered, Russia could have concerns for its cruisers and patrol boats in the Black Sea,...

Worker shortage threatens N-sub project

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Australia is facing a 75,000 worker shortage in four critical trades, placing alarming pressure on Australia’s submarine...

SSN-AUKUS ready in late 2030s

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Britain’s new nuclear submarines will be operational from the late 2030s, replacing the current Astute Class, according...

Big robotic sub goes to sea

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DARPA has finally unveiled more of its mysterious Manta Ray robotic sub, with impressive new images of...

SSNs: time to think alternatives

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By Harlan Ullman* The program to equip the Royal Australian Navy with nuclear submarines is in trouble. The...

Co-ordinating anti-submarine warfare

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By Jason Lancaster* Winston Churchill once stated that the only thing that scared him during the Second World...

Singapore’s launches fourth Invincible Class submarine

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On 22 April the Inimitable, the fourth and final submarine in Singapore’s Type 218SG Invincible class program...

Export rules relaxed for AUKUS

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The United States Department of Commerce has announced that Australia and the United Kingdom are being provided...

Uncrewed: the future of undersea war

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Manned submarines could become a thing of the past as undersea warfare hots up and technological developments...

Uncrewed vessels through torpedo tubes

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Details have been set out for four workstrands being developed, within Pillar 2 of the AUKUS trilateral...

AUKUS sub design deemed mature

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The new attack submarine design the United Kingdom and Australia will share through the AUKUS trilateral arrangement...

RAN officers posted to Virginia-class subs

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On 18 April it was announced that three RAN officers will be assigned to US Virginia class...

Work on UK N-sub WA deployment

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As part of AUKUS, the United Kingdom and the United States are establishing a rotational presence of...

WWII Fremantle an AUKUS precursor

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By Euan Graham The strategic potential of Submarine Rotational Force-West, the AUKUS initiative that commits the United States...

Indonesia closer to French sub deal

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France has been offering Scorpene for years. On February 10, 2022, Naval Group and Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder,...

ASC and BAE to build new submarines

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The Australian government has announced a joint venture between the Commonwealth-owned ASC and BAE Systems Australia to...