JOURNALIST: So it seems like a very much British-lead relationship, as you’ve been talking about procurement. What does Australia bring to this relationship that Britain perceives?
PHILIP HAMMOND: Well, on the frigates program our requirements for frigates, I think, yours would be around-do you have a number?
STEPHEN SMITH: Frigates?
PHILIP HAMMOND: Yeah.
STEPHEN SMITH: Half a dozen, six.
PHILIP HAMMOND: Half a dozen. We have a requirement for about 13, so clearly if you’re planning to build a program of 19 frigates you have a lot more potential economies of scale in that, and we will both benefit from those economies of scale.
And we wonder why Defence is so stupid. 8 Frigates were not enough and now they will be replaced by 6?
Unfortunate because these ships will be more useful than expensive-to-operate-and-crew Air Warfare Destroyers which I assume pick up the slack as a mix?
Also of interest:
Indonesia to buy frigates from Britain