The Bunker Group
Verified Defense Pro
If you are referring to the interview on SkyyI don't think Dutton would raise the possibility of an overseas buy or lease unless there was some contingency plan.
@3.35 the question was raised by the interviewer, of which Dutton gave a basic comment saying "The short answer is yes, there is all that discussion to take place over the next 12-18 months"
Rather different to Dutton raising the possibility of a buy or lease of boats in the water as a narrative of what the plans are or what has been discussed, he is just saying we are looking at all avenues, he also said, and rightly so, there is no such thing as MOTS when it comes to nuclear submarines. These guys have spent the last 18+ months negotiating access to the tech let alone what we are then going to do.
This is not a magic pill, we have scrapped the last few years and started again, there is no quick fix, this will be a long process. The idea of just leasing a boat from the US or UK is not realistic, the time alone to get a crew trained up to operate the sub is huge, we would have to draw on the respective countries personnel for the nuclear engineers, both the US and UK take minimum 10 years to train up a fully qualified nuclear engineer, these people don't grow on tree's.
We would be better off concentrating on our build and transition and just invite the UK and US to base a boat out of FBW to provide the strategic deterrent we are seeking, the less distractions the better.