Los Angeles, March 13 (dpa) – US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced today, Monday, that the United States, Britain and Australia have agreed on a specific timetable for providing Australia with nuclear-powered submarines to support the security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sullivan added, prior to a meeting between US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, that concrete preparations have already begun to train sailors, engineers, technicians and other Australian workers.
In the following years, US and British submarines will be stationed in Australia on a regular rotation basis.
Sullivan added that after the training phase, Australia will first receive in the 2030s three nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, with the possibility of increasing that to five submarines if required.
The three leaders will meet in San Diego, California, on Monday to discuss the joint security alliance, Ocus.
It is noteworthy that the Okus alliance has been established since 2021, and aims to allow Australia to obtain submarines with nuclear capabilities to enhance security and military deterrence in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to security experts, the alliance aims to counter any potential threat from China.
Australia plans to establish a new military base for nuclear submarines on its east coast. It is noteworthy that there is already a base on its western coast.
It is reported that the United States of America has a large military port in San Diego.
The new alliance angered France after not implementing an agreement to supply Australia with submarines worth 56 billion euros (59.55 billion dollars) because of the treaty establishing the Okus alliance.
Source: Microsoft Network