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Navy Officials Argue AUKUS Legislation Needed Now To Stay on Schedule

October 26, 2023

Rich Abott

Defense Daily

Launching of the Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

By Rich Abott, Defense Daily / October 25, 2023

Several Navy officials on Wednesday told a House panel why several legislative proposals to enact the tripartite AUKUS agreement are needed this year, or parts of the submarine cooperation plan will be delayed.

“Congress is a critical AUKUS partner. AUKUS can only succeed with the same, continued bi-partisan support demonstrated since the March 2023 announcement of the Optimal Pathway,” Under Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven, Commander of Naval Submarine Forces Vice Adm. William Houston, and Program Executive Officer for Attack Submarines Rear Adm. Jonathan Rucker said in a written opening statement to the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee during a hearing on the submarine industrial base (SIB).

In March, the U.S., U.K. and Australia announced the ‘optimal pathway’ for the AUKUS agreement that seeks to help Australia produce its own nuclear-powered submarines (Defense Daily, March 13).

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