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UK to Train Australian Sailors as Nuclear Subs Pact Advances

  • Defence Minister Richard Marles met with UK counterparts
  • Aukus deal could see Australia field nuclear subs by 2040

Australian sailors will be trained by the UK Navy on board its nuclear-powered submarines, the next step toward Canberra fielding its own fleet of the vessels under the landmark AUKUS security agreement.

Australia’s Defence Minister Richard Marles joined British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the commissioning of the HMS Anson Astute-class nuclear submarine in the UK on Wednesday. Johnson said Australian sailors would train on the HMS Anson.