CSC, T26, Hunter class

Australian Study Raises Concerns about New Ships

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 3 February 2022

In the Ottawa Citizen today, David Pugliese writes about an Australian Defence Department study that was published in November. It was examining the Hunter-class frigates to be built in Australia based on the UK’s Type 26 frigates. The study raises concerns about using an immature design. It estimates that because the frigates are heavy, they’ll be slow, have less range, and use more fuel. In addition, it raised concerns about safety issues. Since Canada is basing its new frigates on the Type 26 design, this study makes for interesting reading. See David Pugliese’s article, “Australian defence study warns new warships with same design to be used by Canada are unsafe,” at


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