Beautiful Virgin Islands


Aukus sub deal will help maintain security and keep oceans free, Sunak says

Aukus sub deal will help maintain security and keep oceans free, Sunak says

Rishi Sunak said the UK, US and Australia had agreed ‘the most significant multilateral defence partnership in generations’ at trilateral meeting in San Diego
The UK, US and Australia will work together “keeping our oceans free” with a new generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines, Rishi Sunak said.

The Prime Minister said the Aukus partnership would deliver “one of the most advanced” submarines “the world has ever known”, creating thousands of jobs in British shipyards.

The new SSN-Aukus submarines will be in operation for the Royal Navy by the late 2030s under the plan, and will also give Australia its first nuclear-powered capability as it seeks to counter Chinese activities in the Pacific.

The boats will replace the UK’s seven Astute-class subs and while there is no confirmed number of how many will be ordered, the size of the hunter-killer fleet could double, Royal Navy insiders said.

Mr Sunak met US President Joe Biden and Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in San Diego to announce the next stage of the Aukus plan.

The Prime Minister said it was “the most significant multilateral defence partnership in generations”.

“Aukus matches our enduring commitment to freedom and democracy with the most advanced military, scientific, and technological capability,” he said.

“For the first time ever, it will mean three fleets of submarines working together across both the Atlantic and Pacific, keeping our oceans free, open, and prosperous for decades to come.”

He said the UK, US and Australia were “three allies who have stood shoulder to shoulder together for more than a century”.

He added: “Three peoples who have shed blood together in defence of our shared values. And three democracies that are coming together again to fulfil that higher purpose of maintaining freedom, peace, and security now and for generations to come.”

Mr Biden stressed that the submarines are "nuclear powered, not nuclear armed."

"These boats will not have any nuclear weapons of any kind of them," he said at an outdoor ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, where he was joined by the other leaders. At least two submarines were moored in the background.

Mr Albanese said the agreement "represents the biggest single investment in Australia's defense capability in all of our history."

In a joint statement before the formal announcement, the leaders said their countries have worked for decades to sustain peace, stability and prosperity around the globe, including in the Indo-Pacific.

"We believe in a world that protects freedom and respects human rights, the rule of law, the independence of sovereign states, and the rules-based international order," they said in the statement, released before their joint appearance in San Diego.

"The steps we are announcing today will help us to advance these mutually beneficial objectives in the decades to come," they said.

The UK’s submarines will mainly be built by BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and Rolls-Royce, with the US sharing sensitive technology for the project.

Australia’s boats will be built in South Australia, using some components manufactured in the UK, and will be in service in the early 2040s.

As part of the agreement, Australia will buy US Virginia-class submarines in the 2030s as a stop-gap measure until the new vessels are operational.

The new submarines will also incorporate US technology.

Mr Sunak said: “The Aukus partnership, and the submarines we are building in British shipyards, are a tangible demonstration of our commitment to global security.

“This partnership was founded on the bedrock of our shared values and resolute focus on upholding stability in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

“And I am hugely pleased that the plans we have announced today will see pioneering British design expertise protect our people and our allies for generations to come.”

The Aukus partnership was announced in 2021 as Australia sought to respond to China’s actions in the Pacific.

The latest stage comes as the UK published its updated integrated review of foreign and security policy, which highlights China’s “more aggressive stance”.

The deal caused a diplomatic rift with France, which had expected to supply diesel-powered submarines to the Canberra government.

The £5 billion extra for defence announced by Mr Sunak will partly help develop the next phase of the Aukus programme.

This will be followed by sustained funding over the next decade and will build on the £2 billion invested last year in our Dreadnought-class submarine programme.

The Aukus programme will result in closer collaboration between the three nations.

Beginning in 2023, Australian military and civilian personnel will embed with the US Navy and Royal Navy, and in the two countries’ industrial bases to accelerate the training of Australian personnel.

The US plans to increase port visits by nuclear-powered submarines to Australia this year, with the United Kingdom increasing visits in 2026.

From 2027, UK and US boats could be deployed on “forward rotation” to Australia to help develop training and expertise.

The three nations insisted that the deal did not increase the risk of nuclear proliferation.

The vessels will carry conventional weapons and the nuclear reactors will be sealed shut and not require refuelling in their lifetimes.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
0:00
0:00
Close
Bodyguard of UK Prime Minister Arrested for Alleged Election Betting
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Global Displacement Crisis: Record Numbers in 2023
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Muslim Community Leader Criticizes Nigel Farage for Undermining Muslims
BVI Freedom Song
Melinda Gates Discusses 'Horrible' Divorce from Bill Gates
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Child Obesity Surge in England: A Deep Concern
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
U.S. Sues Adobe Over Hard-to-Cancel Subscriptions
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
Deadly Heat Wave Claims Dozens of Lives During Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
Here are today's top worldwide stories you don’t want to miss:.
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
World’s Largest Pilot Union Calls to Eliminate Terms Like ‘Cockpit’ and ‘Manpower’ for Equity
Hello Dolly
Woman Suing UK Intel Services Denies China Spy Allegations
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Iran Sentences Nobel Laureate Narges Mohammadi to 1-Year Prison Term for Propaganda
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
News roundup
Yes He Can
Good day, everyone! We've got some gripping stories for you today, spanning from the Middle East to Europe, and even a touch of Hollywood.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Britain’s Refugee Visa Rules Stranding Children in War Zones
Unforgettable
UK Elections Predict ‘Electoral Extinction’ for PM Sunak’s Conservative Party
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
Italian Activist Ilaria Salis Returns Home After Election to European Parliament
The Lord's Prayer
Good morning!
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
England Faces Serbia in Euro Opener with Defensive Concerns
Siyahamba
Dermatologist Warns Against Sunbed Usage
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
Fake Pro-Reform UK Social Accounts and Their Influence on Elections
Ramblin' Rose
UK Man Jailed for Non-Consensual Condom Removal
Protoje - Who Knows ft. Chronixx
Reform UK Surpasses Conservatives in Historic Poll
Pressure - Virgin Islands Nice
US, Britain, Canada Accuse Russia of Interference in Moldova’s Election
Phil Wickham - House Of The Lord
Taylor Swift Fans Create Seismic Activity in Edinburgh
My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
Sunak Aide Under Investigation for Election Bet
The Lion King Circle of Life by LEBO M. — LIVE at the HAVASI Symphonic
Labour Leader Starmer Focuses on Wealth Creation for Upcoming UK Elections
Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In
G7 to Use Frozen Russian Assets for $50 Billion Ukraine Aid
Kanye West Sunday Service - hallelujah, salvation, and glory
Anti-Israel Irish MEP Clare Daly LOST her seat in the EU Election
Jonathan Nelson - I Believe (Island Medley
Johnson & Johnson Settles Talc Safety Claims for $700 Million
From The Virgin Islands Sqad Up
EU Urged to Welcome Skilled Russians to Weaken Putin
Common, John Legend - Glory
EU Elections Overview: Far-Right Gains and Major Political Shifts
Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell - If I Ain't Got You
Israel Rescues Four Hostages from Gaza
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Emmanuel Macron Calls for Snap Election
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Jordan Bardella: Young Far-Right Leader Poised for Future Political Influence in France
BVI Freedom Song
World's Oldest Privately Owned Book Auctioned for $3.8 Million
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Animal Rights Activists Deface King Charles' Portrait in Protest
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
Dutch Military Intel Uncovers Extensive Chinese Cyber Espionage
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
Turkish Student Arrested for Using AI to Cheat in University Exam
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
Rise in Dengue and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Europe Due to Climate Change
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
EU Elections Overview: Far-Right Gains and Major Political Shifts
Hello Dolly
Far-Right National Rally Dominates France's EU Vote
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Macron Calls Snap Legislative Elections After Far-Right Victory
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
Far-Right Gains Significantly in EU Election
Yes He Can
UK Job Market Shows Signs of Recovery
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Orban’s Fidesz Party Wins Majority in Hungary’s EU Elections as New Challenger Emerges
Unforgettable
Meloni's Far-Right Party Wins European Elections in Italy
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
Key Insights from the European Union Elections
The Lord's Prayer
European Union Elections and Rise of Far-Right Parties
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
England Loses Over 260,000 Social Rent Homes in a Decade
Siyahamba
Campaigners Urge Government to Block Shein's FTSE Listing
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
×