Assessing Australia's power projection capability



James Fahey
08/27/2014

Much has been made of the Australian Navy's procurement of Landing Helicopter Dockships (LHD) and Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) with the Government citing improved capability to respond to humanitarian crises as a leading reason for the acquisitions. Given the ships the LHD is replacing (Manoora and Kanimbla) this reasoning appears justified, yet when the huge increase in offensive power projection capability is considered, the Government’s reasoning isn't quite accurate. Similarly, the A...
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