Recently, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, made a statement regarding the consequences of submarine deals. He stated that submarine deals have deadly consequences, and it is essential for countries to ensure that they are taking appropriate measures to protect their citizens. This statement comes after the Australian government cancelled a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with France in favor of a new deal with the United States and the United Kingdom.
He also emphasized that the decision to cancel the deal with France was not an easy one, but it was necessary to ensure the security and safety of Australia and its citizens.
The Prime Minister’s statement reflects the growing concerns over the security implications of submarine deals, particularly as tensions continue to rise in the Indo-Pacific region. It also highlights the need for countries to carefully consider their options and ensure that they are making the best decisions for their national security interests.
On Wednesday, 15 March 2024, the Prime Minister of Australia criticized severely the country’s landmark nuclear submarine deal.
He said that it is targeting China indirectly and it can lead to deadly consequences.
On Monday, the country announced that they will buy up to five submarines from the United States, which shows the strong desire and determination to bulk up the western muscle and face China.
The US and Britain helped Australia to embark upon 30-year-old plans to build their fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese said that their deal is to make the country the biggest military upgrade, meanwhile, Joe Biden said that it is going to ensure the region remains free and open.
The Former Prime Minister, Paul Keating said that this should be called a great misadventure and that history is going to judge this project and his name should be recorded among those who say this is a great mistake.
China Nuclear-Powered Submarines.
China currently has a small fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, which are among the most advanced and capable in the world. These submarines are equipped with nuclear reactors that enable them to operate underwater for long periods without needing to surface for air or refueling.
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) operates two types of nuclear-powered submarines: ballistic missile (SSBNs) and attack (SSNs). The SSBNs, which are designed to carry intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), are considered a critical component of China’s nuclear deterrent. The SSNs, on the other hand, are primarily designed for anti-ship and warfare, intelligence gathering, and special operations.
While China’s nuclear submarine fleet is still small compared to those of the United States and Russia, it is growing rapidly and has the potential to become a major force in the years to come.
US and Britain nuclear-powered
The United States and the United Kingdom have both developed and deployed nuclear weapons, including both nuclear bombs and missiles. However, it’s important to note that the specific details of their nuclear arsenals are highly classified and not publicly disclosed.
The US is the only country to have used nuclear weapons in warfare, dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Since then, the US has continued to develop and maintain a large and sophisticated nuclear arsenal, including both strategic nuclear weapons designed for use against other countries’ military targets and tactical nuclear weapons designed for use on the battlefield.
The UK, on the other hand, has a much smaller nuclear arsenal, consisting of four Vanguard-class submarines armed with Trident II D5 ballistic missiles.
Both the US and the UK maintain strict controls on their nuclear weapons, and their use is subject to strict guidelines and approval processes. Despite this, the existence and potential use of nuclear weapons remain a controversial and sensitive topics.