AUKUS military heads talk over atomic sub strategy
(MENAFN) US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declared big development has been achieved on plans to send Australia nuclear-powered submarines, part of a deal signed in 2021 with Canberra and London to create a trilateral security bloc largely against facing China.
Talking after conferences with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who was defense minister, and UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Austin stated Washington would make good on its vow to furnish the subs to its partner.
“The United States is committed to ensuring that Australia acquires this capability at the earliest possible date,” he announced on Wednesday.
Marles declared there is “an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries,” saying that the US rarely has such atomic technology, even with close partners.
“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,” Marles continued.
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