Australia Needs Nuclear Sub for 'Regional Superiority' Defense Minister Says; More U.S. Forces Will Operate in Australia in the Future

Australia Needs Nuclear Sub for ‘Regional Superiority’ Defense Minister Says; More U.S. Forces Will Operate in Australia in the Future

USS Vermont (SSN-792) transits the Thames River while conducting routine operations on Oct. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

Australia’s defense minister said his country entered a new trilateral agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom because “we needed a nuclear-powered submarine for regional superiority,” adding more American deployments of forces, “aircraft of all types” and providing logistical and sustainment facilities for U.S. Navy ships can be expected in the future. Read More

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

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Proposed Attack-class submarine for the Australian Navy. DCNS Photo

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia’s surprise move to procure nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) with U.S. and U.K. follows difficulties the country has experienced on its SEA 1000 Attack-class future submarine program and the realization that a conventionally powered submarine (SSK) will not meet its future needs, a regional defense expert told USNI News. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) steams in the Arabian Sea on Sept. 6, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to show the Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left U.S. Central Command.

The Japan-based Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left the Middle East after operating in the region since June, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Australia to Pursue Nuclear Attack Subs in New Agreement with U.S., U.K.

Australia to Pursue Nuclear Attack Subs in New Agreement with U.S., U.K.

Trafalgar-class attack submarine HMS Triumph, glides into HM Naval Base Clyde. Royal Navy Photo

This story has been updated with remarks from President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The U.S. plans to share its submarine nuclear propulsion technology with a top ally in the Indo-Pacific, as countries in the region look for ways to hedge against China. Read More

SECNAV Del Toro: U.S. Will be ‘Equal Partner’ with Allied Navies to Maintain Global Freedom of Navigation

SECNAV Del Toro: U.S. Will be ‘Equal Partner’ with Allied Navies to Maintain Global Freedom of Navigation

w Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro addresses the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

NEWPORT, R.I. — The leaders of the U.S. Navy entreated a global audience of international navies to uphold international freedom of navigation, as China and Russia have challenged international maritime norms. Read More