- Staal, A.J., BE (Hons), Sub-Lieutenant, RAN
- Ship design and development, Naval technology
- RAN Ships
- None noted.
- December 1991 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
The procurement of the six Oberon Class submarines saw the first real commitment of an Australian government towards the operation of a submarine force. Although initially purchased with ASW training in mind, these submarines were soon updated to become important weapons platforms, to be utilised as a covert deterrence in the regional defence of Australia. This role will be continued with the introduction of the highly advanced Collins Class submarine. These new submarines will be a major asset to our defences, illustrating how far our submarine force has developed since 1914.
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