The Commanders Respond: Vice Admiral Russell H. Crane - Royal Australian Navy

A secure region—part of a stable, rules-based global security order—is intrinsic to Australia’s national security. If there were any diminution in U.S. naval engagement over the coming decade it would only reinforce the RAN’s requirement to be fully engaged in its region and to play its part in dealing with global security challenges. To meet this requirement the RAN currently is developing a balanced force as part of a broader defense capability that will include the Canberra -class amphibious assault ships, the Hobart -class DDGs already under construction, and the future doubling—from six to twelve—of its fleet of long-range conventional submarines. Plans also are under way to replace the current frigate force with multi-role platforms optimized for antisubmarine warfare and a new class of vessels that will be able to undertake mine warfare, hydrographic, and patrol and constabulary work from a single hull with adaptable mission fits.

The RAN remains committed to fulfilling the role entrusted to it, and continues to value the strong partnerships it has developed with many of the world’s navies.



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