Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Admiral Moffitt says “If we find our (diesel electric submarines) up against a (nuclear submarine) we defeat it by having our submarine in the right place,” (Subs need to be out there doing the damage, Brendan Nicholson, 25/5).
Admiral, we do not believe you. Prove it by challenging the US to supply a Virginia class nuclear attack submarine to go head to head with 5 Collins-class submarines in the mid Pacific Ocean.
This armchair admiral suggests having a large noisy warship travel in an anti submarine random zigzag pattern at 25 knots with the Virginia sub defending the ship and the Collins subs attacking the ship. All hits should be recorded and the whole process observed by independent observers instructed to report to the Australian people.
The politicians responsible for our defence force have never had 5 submarines available for duty at the one time in the last decade and they should declare how many sea worthy submarines they have available at present fit to oppose a Virginia class submarine.
Even if only 1, 2, or 3 subs are available the politicians should demonstrate to the Australian people that Admiral Moffitt’s statement is correct.
Considering the Australian diesel electric submarines can only reach a speed of 21 knots for 60 kilometers compared with a nuclear submarine that has a speed of 32 Knots for thousands of kilometers it behoves the government and opposition to clearly show how their diesel electric submarine can out position a nuclear submarine. It is an unbelievable suggestion.
It is a sad state of affairs when one cannot trust the judgment of politicians on defence issues anymore, especially when the whole future submarine project will cost over $50 billion which is 2 years of our paltry defence budget.
As far as “bang for the buck” goes it will be an absolute disaster.