• Nuke boats flying the White Ensign? Not yet says SIA. Virginia class nuclear-powered submarine USS Hawaii prepares to berth at HMAS Stirling. Credit: Defence
    Nuke boats flying the White Ensign? Not yet says SIA. Virginia class nuclear-powered submarine USS Hawaii prepares to berth at HMAS Stirling. Credit: Defence
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Patrick Durrant | Sydney

The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) has come out swinging in defence of the Government’s decision to procure conventional submarines for the Sea 1000 Future Submarine program.

David Nicholls, executive director SIA, said decisions had been made following rigorously undertaken analysis and globally-credible, high level advice.

“Claims about risks to the safety of Australian defence personnel on new submarines are an emotional exaggeration, to say the least,” he said.

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