Oh don't get me wrong I think Australia building large ships is a non starter. Too late in the game at a time when every one around us is growing in capability and lower cost base. Theoretically it could be done and even made profitable if not break even but would take a lot of planning and work between a large number of different parties and in the real world that is a 1 in a million shot. I think the best we can hope for is to build up a refit/repair capability for large ships rather then outright production. We wont be building our own ships but we will be better able to sustain them (Bloody difficult around Sydney with the cruise ships) and will give the USN a good site to use along with civilian industry. That we can make to work with a more limited outlay and less risk.