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June 4, 2015

Oh to be a fly on the wall this week with the Defence Minister in Japan, no doubt talking submarines and sushi. Recent comments from a retired Japanese submarine commander VADM Masao Kobyashi, who was in country for the RUSI Submarine Summit in Adelaide earlier this year, have put the cat among the South Australian pigeons. 

Australian media reports that Australia cannot build the Soryu class here effectively require a little more context. Speaking to ADM, VADM Kobyashi reveals "If Australia does not need deep diving subs, you can build new submarines with less tension steel - compared to Soryu’s – which you can get in Australia.  So the steel and welding cost is cheaper.  If you want to build subs with Soryu’s steel, you have to train people to be able to do it.  It is very difficult even in Japan.”

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