French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP
John Blaxland
Opinion

Opinion

John Blaxland

Nuclear submarines give Australian military an edge and could deter China further

  • Nuclear-powered submarines do not need to surface for air, allowing them to be stealthier for longer
  • The hope is that the AUKUS security pact will make the stakes higher for Beijing and the prospects of success in a war lower

French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (second left) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second right) stand on the deck of a submarine operated by the Australian navy in Sydney. File photo: AFP
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