The image of the Australian Navy has taken a beating over the years.
Poor management of existing ships by both the Navy and Defence Material Organisation have left severe holes in amphibious, fleet auxiliary, submarine and patrol ship capability.
Here is an update of the drama.
And, at the end of it all, how 3 large destroyers and 2 large amphibious flatops can be paid for and sustained over the long-haul, let alone crewed, will be a grand mystery.
Australia needs frigates, patrol vessels, some light amphibious capability and useful auxiliary ships. You can add affordable submarines to that if anyone has a sane idea to make that happen.
Unfortunately, the Navy isn't headed in that direction. And, they want more money to paper over their stupid mistakes.
I am not seeing the value of their "capability" roadmap.