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UK, US and Australia launch new security partnership

A new defence and security partnership has been agreed by the leaders of the UK, the United States and Australia which will protect and defend our shared interests in the Indo-Pacific.

Under the ‘AUKUS’ alliance, Downing Street has said that the country will enhance the development of joint capabilities and technology sharing, ensuring ‘our people are kept safe from harm and reinforcing our shared goals’. AUKUS will foster deeper integration of security and defence-related science, technology, industrial bases and supply chains.

The first initiative under AUKUS will be a collaboration on future nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific. The initial scoping phase for the new endeavour is expected to take 18 months. The design and build process will create hundreds of highly skilled scientific and engineering roles across the UK, and drive investment in some of our most high-tech sectors.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK, Australia and US are natural allies – while we may be separated geographically, our interests and values are shared. The AUKUS alliance will bring us closer than ever, creating a new defence partnership and driving jobs and prosperity. This partnership will become increasingly vital for defending our interests in the Indo-Pacific region and, by extension, protecting our people back at home.”

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