Nuclear-Powered Submarines Welcomed

Former Royal Navy (RN) nuclear submarine executive officer, Captain Henry Finnis (ret’d), sees the benefits of Australia acquiring the vessels as he reflects on his career as a submariner. On September 16, the Prime Minister announced a new trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, called AUKUS. Despite being surprised by the Australian Government’s announcement to…

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Thales Updates Status After Australia’s Submarine Program Change

Thales takes note of the decision by the Australian authorities to acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in the framework of a new strategic security partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom. As described by the Australian government, this decision is motivated by accelerating changes to regional security that make conventional submarines unsuited to Australia’s future operational needs.…

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Design Work Begins for Astute Class Replacement

The first work has begun on a successor to the Submarine Service’s cutting-edge hunter-killer force – even before all the current boats have been delivered to the Navy. BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have each been given £85m to start thinking about the design and capabilities of a new class of submarine which will eventually take over from the Astute class.…

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Australia to Pursue Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have agreed to the creation of an enhanced trilateral security partnership – AUKUS. The security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region have grown significantly. Military modernisation is occurring at an unprecedented rate and capabilities are rapidly advancing and their reach expanding. The technological edge enjoyed by Australia and our partners is narrowing. AUKUS…

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Project 885 Kazan Arrives in Northern Fleet

June xx, 2021 (Microsoft Translation) – Today, the fourth-generation Kazan nuclear submarine cruiser of the Yasen-M project arrived at its permanent base in the Northern Fleet. Rear Admiral Vladimir Vorobyev, the chief of staff of the Northern Fleet, representatives of the Command of the Red Banner Submarine Forces of the Northern Fleet, the closed administrative and territorial formation of Saozersk,…

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Naval Group Delivers First Barracuda Class SSN

November 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – Naval Group today delivered the Suffren nuclear attack submarine (SNA) to Toulon. Intended for the French Navy, the Suffren is the first in a series of six ANSs which will gradually replace the Ruby-type ANSs currently in service. The delivery of the Suffren took place today in the presence of a small delegation of…

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