Britain’s nuclear-powered submarines are to use Australia as a base so that they can have a more permanent presence in the Indo-Pacific region under plans discussed by ministers. Senior government sources said that the AUKUS pact could lead to the Royal Navy’s £1.4 billion Astute-class attack submarines undergoing deep maintenance in the region so they can stay deployed for longer rather than returning to the Faslane naval base in Scotland. The plans would materialise once the Australians start building their own fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines over the coming years with the help of the British and Americans. A report by Dr Paul Dorfman, a former MoD adviser who chairs the Nuclear Consulting Group think tank, said that the UK’s coastal military nuclear infrastructure, including Faslane, was “profoundly vulnerable to flooding” from the sea level rise and storms.
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