Value of submarines to Australia

By Geoff Slocombe*

Hugh White’s latest book has stimulated an important debate on the defence capabilities needed to preserve Australia as a sovereign state.

In recent commentary there’s been recognition of the insight and erudition of White’s analysis, but much criticism of particular points he makes.

But there’s one more perspective that I haven’t yet seen fully covered. White, while dismissive of future fighting roles for surface warships, suggests a vastly enlarged fleet of submarines, possibly as many as 24 or even 36.

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