Australia has this fear that if you shook the map millions of Chinese would fall down into Australia. the White Australia policy developed from an influx of Chinese during the gold rush days. Then when Britain was reluctant to have Australian troops return from the Middle East as Japan began its southern thrust and Singapore fell we saw America as our great hope. We have not been so much dragged into a coalition as we have been clinging to the coat tails of the US ever since.Australia has been dragged in a "coalition" by the US.
It is one of the US favorite strategies, drag "allies" into their stupid ideas (like invading an country for no reason), so that they can claim it is not the USA vs "X" but a "coalition of democratic countries figthing against evil"
What a joke. V.N., Afhganistan, Irak.....
Concerning the subs, the US naval industry can barely keep up with their own needs.
What will likely happen,.is that Australia will be handed over 2nd hand (20y old) nuclear powered by the US, and the US will build for themselve a new generation of them.
And as Australia has ZERO experience with nuclear energy, let alone marine nuclear energy, the sub will be manned with a partial US crew for the propulsion part.
And then there is the onshore maintenance part to organize.....
The three great fears of Australians is being overwhelmed by China, being bitten by a shark and running out of toilet paper.