By John Ensor •
Updated: 02 Dec 2023 • 11:03
Image of previous AUKUS meeting.
Today marked a significant advancement in the security partnership between the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.
On Saturday, December 2, defence ministers from the three countries convened in California which signified a pivotal moment in this collaboration, according to Gov.UK.
On this pivotal day, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met at the Defense Innovation Unit Headquarters in California.
They discussed crucial advancements in military maritime programmes, highlighting the next stages of the union.
The partnership, known as AUKUS, is now entering an exciting new phase. It aims to amplify the allies’ joint capabilities in areas such as threat detection, quantum technology, and autonomous systems. The Ministers stressed the importance of this alliance in strengthening security across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
The UK’s Grant Shapps remarked, ‘Today AUKUS enters a new phase. Together with our partners in the US and Australia we have strengthened our alliance to bring our Armed forces closer than ever and ensure our nations are protected from new and advanced threats.’
The Ministers highlighted various initiatives, including enhanced cyber capabilities and improved anti-submarine warfare. These efforts will involve integrating advanced technologies and sharing critical data, thereby bolstering each nation’s defence mechanisms.
Shapps added, ‘As the world becomes more dangerous, AUKUS only becomes more important in ensuring the UK and our allies maintain a strategic advantage. That’s why we’ve today driven forward joint programmes on threat detection, quantum technology and autonomous systems.’
Significant progress has been made under the AUKUS framework, particularly concerning the development and deployment of conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarines. This collaboration extends to training sailors and increasing submarine visits to Australia, reinforcing the commitment to nuclear non-proliferation.
This meeting in California marks a milestone in the AUKUS partnership, setting the stage for more robust defence collaboration and shared technological advancements among the UK, US, and Australia.
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