Mr Johnson held a press conference along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden on Thursday morning (AEST) to announce the landmark and defence security partnership.
The UK leader said the three countries aim to work “hand in glove” to preserve security and stability in the Indo-pacific.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: Getty Images
The first initiative of AUKUS will be collaboration on future nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
“We’re opening a new chapter in our friendship and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines,” Mr Johnson said.
The Prime Minister said opportunities from AUKUS will create “hundreds” of highly skilled jobs across the UK and will reinforce Britain’s place “at the leading edge of science and technology”.
Of most significance, Mr Johnson said the UK, Australia and US will “be joined even more closely together”.
“Only a handful of countries possess nuclear-powered and it is a momentous decision for any nation to acquire this formidable capability. And perhaps, equally momentous for any other state to come to its aid,” he said.
“But Australia is one of our oldest friends, a kindred nation and a fellow democracy and a natural partner in this enterprise.
“Now, the UK will embark on this project alongside our allies, making the world safer and generating jobs across our United Kingdom.”
The submarines will be built in Adelaide, in close cooperation with the UK and the US.
AUKUS alliance will open ‘a new chapter’ in ties between Australia, UK and US

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