AUKUS military leaders talk about nuclear submarine plan
(MENAFN) As part of an agreement reached last year with Canberra and London to build a trilateral security bloc primarily focused at countering China, United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declared significant progress has been made on plans to give Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
Austin claimed that Washington is going to follow through on its promise to provide the submarines to its partner after conversations with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who also serves as Defense Minister, and United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
He also mentioned on Wednesday that “the United States is committed to ensuring that Australia acquires this capability at the earliest possible date.”
Marles claimed that the United States seldom provides such nuclear technology, even with close friends, but that there is "an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries."
Marles declared that “the significance of that step shouldn't be lost on people – there's only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another and that was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”
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