As the ramifications of AUKUS begin to become clearer, Australia must grapple with various practical, technological and economic factors if it is to achieve its ambitions.
Austal USA details new Emergency Medical Ship design
Austal USA has developed a self-funded design for an Emergency Medical Ship (EMS) derived from its Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) design, after taking a clean-sheet look at what a modern medical ship capability would require.
Describing the origin of EMS to Shephard, Austal USA VP for business development and external affairs, Larry Ryder, said: 'We've been looking for several years at the need for a replacement for the current hospital ships that the US Navy has, the Comfort and the Mercy TAH's.
'They're old ships, they've been around for a while, they're steam plants, they're slow, and they're expensive to …
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