Submarine Matters provides an expanding database on submarines worldwide. Australia should contract in 2016 to only buy a batch of 6 Shortfins - then, in the 2030s, decide whether to buy: 6 more Shortfins or 6 Barracuda SSNs or 4 Virginia SSNs. With increasing numbers of Chinese, Russian and Indian SSNs in Australia's region Australia's Shortfins cannot attain any 2016 Defence White Paper goal of being "regionally superior". Australia would need to buy SSNs to be "superior".
February 22, 2017
China - foreign Submarines & UUVs transiting South China Sea Must Surface
China has, unilaterally claimed "water areas" or "territorial waters" of the South China Sea within its "Nine dash line". (Map courtesyGeoGarage).
In an excellent post that will create headaches for the
US, Japanese and Australian navies, Chinese state media, Ecns.cnreports February 15, 2017 China may soon redraft its
1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law to require:
“Foreign submersibles [ie. submarines and UUVs must] travel on the surface, display national
flags and report to Chinese maritime management administrations when they pass
China’s water areas”. Such waters are understood to include the South China Sea.
“Foreign military ships that are approved to enter
China's waters should apply for pilotage. Foreign ships that enter Chinese
waters without approval will be fined 300,000-500,000 yuan ([US]$43,706-72,844)
and those violating Chinese laws would be expelled, it said.”
China's $73,000 fines may be very reasonable compared to an SSK's or SSN's hourly running costs. Attention Commanders! Take wads of cash or don't leave home without your American Express cards. Pete