ASPI’s Peter Jennings says Australia should “push very hard” to use retiring nuclear-powered submarines for training.
“This is going to require actually Scott Morrison to be negotiating with the President of the United States to see if it’s possible to maybe access a Los Angeles class boat, which are now in the process of retiring,” Mr Jennings told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
“But to get one of those, primarily for training purposes, then I think the really tough negotiation is going to be around how can we get ourselves into the build timeframes.
“There’s a real push for submarine construction and not enough yards in either the UK or the United States at the moment.
“So how do you fix this? Well, the answer is it’s got to come from political pressure at the top end of the Australian government, making it clear to the US and to the UK that doing this is in their security interest, spreading the burden.”