US Subs in Brisbane: alert but not alarmed

“Australian (PM Scott Morrison) has just raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.” – John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person”

$10b nuclear powered submarine base in Brisbane?

In response to what he claims is an increased security threat, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today that Brisbane is one of the preferred sites for the new submarine base. His shortlist is – Brisbane, Newcastle or Port Kembla. Is he serious about considering Brisbane whose port lies at a river mouth that just experienced a huge flood?

I do not think the construction of a new East Coast nuclear submarine base is viable and it is irresponsible for the Prime Minister to make Brisbane and target in case of war.

It is not the first time Brisbane has housed US submarines.

The first of eleven (11) US submarines arrived at New Farm, on the Brisbane River, in company with the tender USS Griffin, on 15 April 1942 under the command of Captain RW Christie, USN. By the end of the month, four were on active war patrols. One of the submarines moored in Brisbane was the first US submarine to sink a major enemy warship when it torpedoed the Japanese cruiser Kako off Kavieng on 10 August 1942.

Thanks Scott for helping make Brisbane residents unsafe.

Submarine’s company assembled on her casing on the river at New Farm in Brisbane (1942). US Subs Down Under: Brisbane 1942-1945. David Jones & Peter Nunan, Annapolis, MD, US Naval Institute Press, 2005. ISBN 1-59114-644-5.

According to British comedian, John Cleese, the Belgians, in contrast to the Australians, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

Ian Curr
7 March 2022

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