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Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.

Navantia Australia established operations in Henderson in May 2020 to provide sustainment support to Stalwart, with the company noting that it will manage support for the life cycle of both Supply-class AORs during their first five years of service, as well as throughout their warranty periods.

Launched on 30 August 2019 at Navantia's facilities in Ferrol, northwestern Spain, Stalwart arrived at Fleet Base West near Perth – its future homeport in Western Australia – on 21 June 2021.

The vessel is expected to enter RAN service later this year, replacing supply ship HMAS Sirius, which is set to be retired in December.

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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

by Gabriel Dominguez

Stalwart, the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials. (Royal Australian Navy)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The company's local subsidiary, Navantia Australia, said in a statement that the DoD signed the acceptance certificate for Stalwart (pennant number A304) on 30 August following two months of fit-out activities at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia, adding that the 173.9 m-long vessel has completed its final set of sea trials.

“Verifications and demonstrations of the combat, communications, and navigation systems conducted on 22 August reached a high degree of customer satisfaction in all areas,” noted the company, pointing out that the DoD's acceptance of the 19,500-tonne vessel also marks the commencement of the support contract in Western Australia.


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Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

by Julian Kerr

Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 15 September.

The announcement confirmed that Canberra is scrapping its contracts with French shipbuilder Naval Group for the design and construction of 12 conventionally powered Attack-class submarines to replace the RAN's six-strong Collins-class submarine fleet at an estimated acquisition cost of AUD90 billion (USD68 billion).

Thanking Naval Group, the government of France, and combat system integrator Lockheed Matin for their efforts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that accelerating changes to regional security meant conventional submarines were unsuited to Australia's needs in the decades ahead.

Under AUKUS, the three nations would focus immediately on identifying the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, he said.


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Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS Waller and HMAS Dechaineux . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK. (Royal Australian Navy)

Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.

In a statement forwarded to Janes by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed that Wellington's long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels remains despite news that Australia is procuring submarines with the propulsion type.

New Zealand prohibits nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using the country's ports or territorial waters, including vessels of its security partners like the US Navy (USN).

Leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK jointly announced the creation of an “enhanced trilateral security partnership” known as AUKUS on 15 September.

“As the first initiative under AUKUS, recognising our common tradition as maritime democracies, we commit to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” reads a joint leaders' statement published by the White House on the same day.


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South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.

The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho while submerged, “accurately hit” its intended simulated target, addiing that this makes South Korea one of the few countries in the world to have SLBMs.

The launch, which follows underwater ejection tests from the same boat, as well as trials using an underwater barrage, was conducted by the country's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) at its Anheung test site in South Chungcheong Province and overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Suh Wook.

In a separate statement Moon said that South Korea's continuous improvement of its locally developed missiles will serve as a deterrent against future provocations from North Korea and help overcome asymmetric threats.


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