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December 8, 2022 - 10:44 -- Admin

The defence ministers of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have met for the first time, endorsing a “pathway” to deliver nuclear-powered submarines. 

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace in Washington DC under the AUKUS pact announced by then-prime minister Scott Morrison in September 2021.

In a joint statement, they said the three nations “reiterated their shared commitment to the partnership and reviewed progress on identifying a conventionally armed, nuclear‑powered submarine for the Royal Australian Navy”.

The statement expressed confidence the leaders of the three countries would make an announcement early next year.

They also agreed plans for joint military exercises in 2023 and 2024.

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