CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
Nuclear subs deserve to be considered
In The Australian’s excellently presented Defence Special Report on page 6 Andrew Davies headlines read “Hunt for missing sub continues”. (1-11). The submarine Australia needs is not missing as ten of the Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines are presently sailing the seven seas with all state of the art systems working flawlessly. In short it is a proven design that can be bought with supreme confidence that it will be the most effective trouble free submarine Australia can buy. Yet Australia proposes to buy for more money unproven 100 year old technology subs that are a third as effective as the Virginia.
When is Australia going to grow up and join the real world where nuclear submarines exist in all our enemies’ navies and nuclear power stations generate the power for use in building these submarines? The idealists who oppose nuclear power are becoming an incredible threat to our security, our prosperity, and our position in the world. Purchase of 100 year old technology diesel dinosaur submarines will type Australia ever more as a backward subservient nation that is irrelevant in world affairs.
The media just cannot keep dismissing nuclear submarines with sentences like “We cannot do nuclear subs politically, scientifically and probably also for cost reasons” as Greg Sheridan of The Australian did in his recent article “Labor’s mistakes lie behind a subs crisis we are ill-equipped to resolve”. It is surely the job of the media to inform the Australian voter about the incredible lift in fire power, endurance, speed and protection modern nuclear attack submarines would give Australia at no extra cost compared with 100 year old technology dieselectric submarines built in Australia or with assistance from Japan, Germany, France or Sweden.
It is as if the Australian media is living in another world, another time, when nuclear powered submarines did not exist. The major parties say nuclear submarines are a forbidden word and the media obediently concurs. Does it matter that many concerned citizens and thinking members of the public can see that if our politicians try to hold back the future in defence technology it will leave Australian ocean defence in tatters for the next 50 years. This would threaten the Australian public with possibly catastrophic consequences in the future.
If the supposed million people supporting non nuclear use were at all fair dinkum they would never have an X ray and would petition for the banning of all US nuclear powered warships defending Australia in the next attempted invasion of Australia. They are first class hypocrites who expect another nation to use nuclear power to defend us and yet they will not defend themselves with nuclear power. We are a nation destined for oblivion.
It is just unacceptable that a small minority is going to hold this nation to ransom by opposing nuclear power which is going to destroy our security and our prosperity over time. Clive Palmer holds the balance of power in the senate and he has said on a number of occasions that he would support buying subs from the US so why can’t the Coalition push through a rational decision on nuclear submarines or a referendum at the next election whilst they have the chance.
The US and Great Britain are the only Anglo Saxon nations with the runs on the board on whom Australia should depend in defence matters. They only make nuclear powered submarines for the vast oceans we have surrounding us and shouldn’t this tell something to our politicians who are way out of their depth on the submarine issue.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Defence Minister David Johnston level with the Australian people and tell us why you cannot make a rational decision on nuclear submarines for the defence of our nation.
Study the performance chart between a Japanese submarine and a US Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine and see the madness in purchasing a Jap sub.
……………………………….Japanese Sub Virginia-class
Cost of 1 sub A$3 billion A$2.5 billion
Sub weight 4000 tonnes 7900 tonnes
Top speed 22 knots 32 knots
Distance 50 nautical miles unlimited
Snorting speed 12 knots 32 knots
Propulsion Dieselectric nuclear powered
Shaft Horse P 8,000 shp 40,000 shp
Cruise Missiles 8 (If any) 16
Range 1000 miles 1000 miles
Torpedoes 30 38 (21 inch)
Dive Depth 200 metres 250+(480 alleged)
Endurance 14 days 100 days+
work rate of sub 3=1 nuclear sub 1 nuclear sub
Cost for same
work rate $9B at 2012 $ $2.5B at 2012