Monday, June 24, 2013

Two subs out of action for six years

These are the same kind of people that want twice as many subs, yet don't have the skill to keep them at sea.

More than 6 years out of the water. The Collins program has worse down time than nuke subs.

Two subs out of action for six years

BY:MARK SCHLIEBS From: The Australian June 24, 2013 12:00AM

TWO of navy's six Collins-class submarines will be out service for more than six years under the Gillard government's new maintenance regime.

HMAS Rankin and HMAS Collins have been out of action while undergoing maintenance in Adelaide, and will be returned to the Royal Australian Navy much later than the present three-year deadlines. The Rankin is the youngest submarine in the fleet yet it has been docked since 2008. It will not be released by shipbuilder ASC until the middle of next year at the earliest. The Collins is the fleet's oldest and has been at the ASC facility in Adelaide since last August. It will not be released until 2018.

A Defence spokeswoman said no other ships in the fleet were out of the water.

Opposition defence spokesman David Johnston said the government was conducting a "smoke-and-mirrors" exercise on how the maintenance of submarines affected their availability for service.

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