Classified report reveals new fleet of warships ‘slower and unsafe’
A classified Defence Department report has revealed a new fleet of warships – designed for the Australian government – are slower and less safe than intended.
The government has signed a $45 billion contract for nine Hunter-class frigates, which are set to replace the current Anzac-class fleet.
A 36-page defence document sets out serious problems with the British design which is substantially modified to meet Australian requirements.
The document says the anti-submarine ships will be slower, have a shorter range than intended and could be vulnerable to detection by enemy vessels.
Defence also warns the vessels could be less safe for crews with a potential risk for sailors to become trapped below deck by floodwaters.
The ships are expected to enter service in 2033.