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Monday, March 02, 2015

Japan sub talks well advanced before glitches ended deal

Soryu class SSKFor several months last year, the federal government single-mindedly pursued a plan, driven largely from Tony Abbott’s office­, to buy the navy’s new submarines from Japan.

The Australian has been told that process reached the point where media releases were prepared but were never sent out.

Senior Defence officials made a number of trips to Japan to discuss the possibility of Australia buying a fleet of submarines evolved from Japan’s successful Soryu-class boats.

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