• Collins class submarine HMAS Waller in foreground with HMAS Otama and USS Los Angeles steaming ahead during Ex Lungfish in 1999. Credit: Defence
    Collins class submarine HMAS Waller in foreground with HMAS Otama and USS Los Angeles steaming ahead during Ex Lungfish in 1999. Credit: Defence
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Katherine Ziesing | Canberra

Speaking at the 8th biennial Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) conference this week, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett was proud to highlight the successes of the Collins class enterprise over the last two years as “availability is a stepping stone to capability” he told the 200 plus delegates.

With four Collins class submarines currently at sea serving as the link between the current capability and that offered by the Future Submarine in the 2030s, the conference had a focus on transition plans, applying lessons learned from the Oberon to Collins journey and what needs to happen in the coming years to avoid a capability gap.

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