Sunday, February 19, 2012

Australia's Collins class Submarine all at sea on repairs

BY THE time Australia's newest Collins class submarine returns to service in September or October next year the vessel will have been laid up for repairs and maintenance for longer than it has been in use. A Senate estimates hearing has been told HMAS Rankin was pulled out of service in 2008 because a crew could not be found. Commissioned 41 months late on March 29, 2003, the vessel was not due for a full cycle docking until March 2011. Current cost of a full cycle docking for a Collins class submarine varied between $200 million and $220 million. 

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