Australia to purchase up to 5 submarines from U.S. as part of defense pact, report says

An Australian submarine.
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Australia is expected to buy up to five submarines from the United States as part of a new defense agreement, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The Australian Navy is expected to purchase the Virginia-class nuclear submarines sometime in the 2030s, four sources from the U.S. military told Reuters. Australia will reportedly first purchase three submarines, with the option to buy two more at a later time. The officials also said that the United States would begin deploying some submarines in Western Australia around 2027.

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