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Pacific 2019: Australian frigates sit in a timing ‘sweet spot’

9th October 2019 - 16:29 GMT | by Gordon Arthur

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The Project Sea 5000 Phase 1 programme delivering nine Future Frigates to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is in something of a sweet spot in terms of timing thanks to it following in the wake of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates.

This was a message delivered by Geoff Searle, BAE System’s programme director for Global Combat Ship Australia/Sea 5000.

There is about a five-year gap between deliveries of the first UK and Australian frigates. Searle said this was an ideal period of time, allowing lessons learned by BAE Systems and the RN to be implemented on RAN ships. The …

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