there can be sustainment advantages if you lease.
I'm not sure why they just don't flog it off, in 5-10 years time they will have a significant manning problem as they've got stacks of people (RN and RAF) wanting to jump ship and transfer to Oz.
RAAF is no longer looking at fast jet drivers from ex Commonwealth as they are at establishment. RAN however does have resourcing issues which may well be solved by the number of canuck and RN submariners wanting to shift over.
if govt listens to some of the reasons as to why they buggered up subs we could well kiss goodbye to the problem of manning - and the crewing for 13 subs will go away - and thats highly possible
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