I am amazed that they anticipate being able to recruit enough personnel to man 54 warships.The Australian government is under pressure to curb spying activities at a Chinese mission in Adelaide after warnings of an “extreme” threat to the country’s US$65 billion upgrade in naval warfare capability.
Australia plans to build 54 warships over the next 20 years as part of its biggest defense overhaul since World War II, with most construction work taking place at facilities around the Osborne naval shipyard outside Adelaide.
Twelve submarines will be built there from 2022-23, and about half of the 21 patrol boats being added for coastal surveillance.
US firms are supplying weapons systems and electronics for the frigates, with a US$1.5 billion combat package approved by Washington in January.
Spying agencies reportedly are targeting the scores of contractors based around Osborne, including local affiliates of foreign manufacturers like BAE Systems (UK), Raytheon (US), Babcock (UK) and Naval Group (France).
it is not just our secrets they are attempting to steal then.
For readers unaware of the significence: while I can undwerstand the PRC having an embassy in Canberra (our national capital) along with consular offices in (respectively) Sydney and Melbourne (our two biggest population centres and dual commercial hub) I cannot see how in terms of the legetimate volume and type of business a consular office would normally do how it would pay the PRC to operate one at Adelaide - which is one of our smaller state capitals and (unlike even Perth in Western Australia) does not preside over a state that does anenormous amount of business with the PRC.Beijing opened a permanent consulate in Adelaide in 2017, around the time the fleet modernization was announced, and it has expanded. China said in 2017 that the site, which sprawls for 5,600 square meters and has at least four buildings, would be used for “offices and accommodation.”
The shipyard is located (convneiently for spies) on the outskirts of Adelaide too. We make it so very easy for them - all fools us.