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Australia lacks world-class amphibious capability, says Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Australia lacks world-class amphibious capability, says Australian Strategic Policy Institute

The Australian Defence Force lacks the culture and expertise to maintain a “world-class amphibious warfare capability” despite the navy’s recent investment in two large amphibious assault vessels at a cost of more than $3 billion, an expert study has found.

A paper for leading think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) warns that despite the purchase of two large helicopter-landing warships – HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide – Defence still faces critical gaps in the military planning and personnel needed to fully exploit the ships’ potential.

“Australia’s a maritime country without a maritime culture, and the ADF, in particular the Army, doesn’t have one either,” the authors say.

Source: Australia lacks world-class amphibious capability, says Australian Strategic Policy Institute