As part of the AUKUS agreement, Australian submariners are now attending Royal Navy nuclear propulsion training courses.The information came to light after the following written exchange by members the House of Lords. Lord West of Spithead asked “To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 4 July (HL1126), whether there are existing arrangements in place to train foreign officers in operating Royal Navy submarine nuclear power plants. Baroness Goldie, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, responded: “The Royal Navy (RN) routinely provides training to foreign Nationals through International Defence Training arrangements. Under the AUKUS arrangements, this now includes the attendance of Australian personnel on RN Nuclear Propulsion training courses. The operation of RN nuclear submarine propulsion plants by Australian personnel remains subject to further enabling work.”
What is AUKUS?
A trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, announced in September 2021. Under the pact, the US and the UK will help Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. Additionally, the pact also includes cooperation on advanced cyber, artificial intelligence and autonomy, quantum technologies, undersea capabilities, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic, electronic warfare, innovation and information sharing. The pact will focus on military capability, separating it from the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance that also includes New Zealand and Canada.