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Pacific 2017: Naval Group downplays reports of ‘capability gap’ in Australia’s submarine programme

03 October 2017

Australia’s SEA 1000 programme is on track and progressing well, and the country will not be faced with a submarine ‘capability gap’, said French shipbuilder Naval Group on 4 October.

The company was responding to questions over an independent report led by former head of the Australian Public Service Michael Keating, which called for the urgent acquisition of six modified military off-the shelf (MMOTS) boats to avoid any capability gap caused by possible delays in the SEA 1000 programme.

The report, which was released in late-September 2017, also criticised the SEA 1000 programme’s selection process. The 132-page document has been commissioned by a Sydney businessman with an interest in maritime defence issues, Jane’s reported then.

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