Controversial warship program survives as government prepares to unveil Australia’s ‘Future Navy’

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Australia’s troubled Hunter-class frigate program has avoided being axed following a sweeping review of the navy’s combat surface fleet, with at least six and possibly several more of the large and expensive warships to be built over coming decades.

Next week the Albanese government is scheduled to unveil a “Future Navy” plan that emphasises “continuous naval shipbuilding” and confirms British-owned BAE Systems will proceed with the $45 billion project to replace Australia’s aging Anzac-class frigates.

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