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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Subs need to be out there doing the damage

HMAS CollinsThe navy's 12 planned new submarines will need the range to patrol the massive archipelago that stretches out from Australia's Top End through Melanesia, Indonesia and the South China Sea.

In peace time they will gather intelligence -- but in any future war their main role will be to destroy enemy submarines and surface warships to stop them attacking ships travelling to or from Australia.

The "Future Submarines" may have their own remote-controlled mini-subs and small unmanned patrol aircraft, or drones, The Weekend Australian was told in an exclusive briefing from the Royal Australian Navy.

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