We’ll be closing our live page shortly. You can read more in our main news story here and here’s a reminder of today’s announcement by the US, UK and Australian leaders:

  • US President Joe Biden confirmed the US will send three Virginia-Class submarines to Australia, with the potential to sell up to two more if needed
  • He said the US will partner with the UK to build a new “SSN-Aukus” submarine based on British design and incorporating US technologies
  • Australian Prime Minister Albanese described the Aukus agreement as the “biggest single investment in Australia’s defence capability” and said it will offer opportunities for Australian workers
  • British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said thousands of new jobs will be created in places like Barrow and Derby to help with the design and creation of the submarines
  • Sunak cited Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, China’s growing assertiveness, and the “destabilising behaviour” of Iran and North Korea as reasons for strengthening resilience
  • UK engineering giant Rolls-Royce will provide the reactors for the nuclear-powered submarines, creating jobs at its business in England’s East Midlands

Today’s live page was written by Nadine Yousif, Emily McGarvey, Andre Rhoden-Paul, Rob Corp, Victoria Lindrea, Mattea Bubalo and Jasmine Taylor-Coleman.