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... for the landing hovercraft to disembark, and the landing hovercraft themselves look so kewl and HiTek.

The Italians when they went for a bigger ship just went for a SCS carrier with capacity for more jump jets and helos. So obviously if you just want a bigger ship, just edging up the size of the Sea Control Ship is the other road to go.

OTOH, maybe they figured that the export market was bigger for an amphibious assault ship ... after all, they sold the design to Australia, who is building not one, but two.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 11:06:51 AM EST
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So, who is Australia plannning on invading?

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 11:23:57 AM EST
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Well theres a lot of oil at islands round their north coast.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 11:50:06 AM EST
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... Bouganville, some coastal town in Papua New Guinea that is taken over by hoodlums not legitimized by an election, like that.

Or, of course, counter-invading the Northern Territory coast if Indonesia invades Darwin.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 12:39:01 PM EST
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You may or may not think you jest, but every strategic document out of Canberra basically runs on the assumption that one of the prime purposes of the AU forces is to fend off an Indonesian invasion. It's the root of a lot of their strategic planning.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 02:11:02 PM EST
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I lived in Oz for a decade ... I was half kidding about invading Fiji, and completely kidding about invading Bouganville or Guadalcanal ...

... but a counter-invasion in case the Indonesians invade Darwin? That one is a lot more plausible. In a country of 20m next to a country of 100m+ with a history of invading places in their neighborhood, the military, at least, of the less populous country smaller country will not ignore that prospect in its strategic planning.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 02:46:06 PM EST
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Well the airfields throughout the south of England for the Battle of Britain were all constructed in the 20's and 30's after an Imperial general staff report that said that War with France was likely before the 1950's

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 02:47:31 PM EST
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