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Reader riposte: Fighting China alone

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28 September 2011 08:35

Shane Edmonds writes

Good stuff Hugh. Part of me wants us to stay a minor player and keep everybody happy as we have all these years but part of me also understands that you can never keep everybody happy and possibly it is only a matter of time before someone has a crack at this country? This is why we need 12 really good subs. Collins units aren't going to be reliable enough and I am sorry but I don't have any faith in ASC and the government to build a larger Collins with AIP that might see 6 of them operational at any one time. Does anyone actually use AIP subs in the world that have a reliability track record?

Someone has got to make a decision and soonish as to where we are headed as this 'surfing the razor-blade' approach to the defence of this country may just not cut it one day and we may find ourselves usurped just as we did the original inhabitants. So much to talk about on this issue and I want us to be strong and look into the future and embrace the country and say it is ours, stay away, but I don't think that is going to happen. Successive governments have just been too afraid of stepping on toes in the region unfortunately and that is sad.

I personally would love us to embrace a few Virginia subs from the US. Yes they are nukes but wouldn't that in one stroke of the pen cover off so many things;

  1. It would send a message that we are finally getting serious about the defence of this country
  2. It would be good for the US economy in their time of need
  3. It would only strengthen the ties between the two countries
  4. They might actually help in getting Naval personnel to try subs as a career choice and help recruiting too
  5. It would still enable us to keep ASC but transition it to a maintenance facility that can service nukes
  6. Maybe it would lead us down the path of looking at nuclear base load power for this country?

and possibly a few others that I cant think of at the moment. Anyway, keep writing this sort of stuff.  It so needs to be said, especially re: the AWD article.  Just one stuff up after another in this country with the exception of the Anzac's which was a pretty well run and executed build. (Kaman, Collins and now AWD).

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