• Credit: RN via Twitter
    Credit: RN via Twitter

Australian submariners will train on HMS Anson, a British nuclear-powered Astute class submarine.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles was hosted on 31 August by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace at the commissioning of HMS Anson at BAE Systems, Barrow.

As part of the AUKUS partnership, PM Johnson and Secretary Wallace announced the training of Royal Australian Navy submariners aboard the newly commissioned submarine.

"Having Royal Australian Navy submariners train alongside Royal Navy crews, is an important step, taken with our partners in the United Kingdom to further strengthen our defence ties," Minister Marles said in a statement.

"Australia is embarking on the next generation of submarines and in doing so, ensuring we have Royal Australian Navy personnel training with our partners under the AUKUS partnership.

“It was an honour to be hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace at today’s commissioning ceremony for HMS Anson.

“Australia is eager to learn from our counterparts, and who better to learn from than our friends in the United Kingdom.

“Our countries are working hand in glove on training and building the skills required for our future submarines, is an important part of bolstering our Defence Force.

“During my visit to Govan shipyard, where the Type 26 is being built, we have Australian workers - engineers, mechanics and the like - who are learning from their UK counterparts to deliver the high-tech skills required to deliver for our Frigate program back home in Osborne, SA.

“The technology, capability and lethality on show is truly impressive and Australia looks forward to progressing our talks through the AUKUS partnership.”

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