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Peake, Owen
Submarines in Australia - from indecision to success
16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference: Conserving Our Heritage - Make a Difference!
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2011, pp. 119-133

The history of submarines in Australia has been characterised by indecision about the use of submarines, lack of a submarine capability during the critical years of World War II and the emergence of a refined submarine service from the 1960s. The start was promising with the acquisition of two competent British boats (AE1 and AE2) just prior to World War I, however both were lost in the early stages of the war. Australia entered World War II without a submarine service although large scale operations of Allied submarines occurred from Australian ports. The acquisition of the competent Oberon class submarines during the 1960s placed the Royal Australian Navy in a strong position. The Oberons were replaced by the ambitious, controversial and successful Collins Class boats, built in Australia. Conservation of submarines in Australia has had some notable successes, particularly with the Oberon class boats.

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