I thought I would start a thread specifically about the Australian military. With the new naval technology they are currently building (Hobart and Canberra class to start) and their air force plans, and since they are a critical nation in the Western PAcific, I thought it appropriate. So, here is the first news for discussion:
So, the first blocks have already been delivered for the first in class. They will be building three of these destroyers which are modifications of the Spanish AEGIS vessels, theAir Warfare Destroyer Alliance said:
19 Aug, 2011 - Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced the delivery to Adelaide of the first keel block that will be used to construct HMAS Hobart – Australia’s first Air Warfare Destroyer. “This is an important step forward in the $8 billion project to construct three new warships,” Mr Clare said. This first block weighs around 180 tonnes. It is 18 metres long, 16 metres wide and five metres high and will form part of the keel of HMAS Hobart.