Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan


The Australian government announced its much-anticipated Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull characterized the plan as “…this is nation-building, it is unashamedly nationalistic.” The government says the plan will invest some $89 Billion (Aus) in the Royal Australian Navy over several decades, will create thousands of jobs, and will attempt to redress the traditional ‘boom-and-bust` cycle of shipbuilding via a program of continuous build.

Initial commentary on the Naval Shipbuilding Plan by Andrew Davies and Mark Thomson of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute can be found here.

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