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Cost and scheduling of Australia’s Future Submarine programme prompt calls for alternative

12 December 2018

Four retired Australian naval officers of flag rank, all with substantial submarine experience, have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an urgent study into the option of a cheaper, more quickly available alternative to the design already selected for Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD36 billion) Future Submarine programme.

The group, headed by Rear Admiral Peter Briggs (rtd), a former submarine force commander and one-time head of Systems Acquisitions (Submarines) in the Department of Defence (DoD), referred to its “profound” concern about a lack of submarine capability in the 2030s and beyond, as well as what it termed the excessive costs and risks of the current programme.

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