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The Collins Class Submarine Story : Steel, Spies and Spin - Peter Yule

The Collins Class Submarine Story

Steel, Spies and Spin

Hardcover Published: 6th May 2008
ISBN: 9780521868945
Number Of Pages: 364

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A unique and outstanding military and industrial achievement, the Collins class submarine project was also plagued with difficulties and mired in politics.

Its story is one of heroes and villains, grand passions, intrigue, lies, spies and backstabbing. It is as well a story of enormous commitment and resolve to achieve what many thought impossible. The building of these submarines was Australia's largest, most expensive and most controversial military project. From initiation in the 1981-82 budget to the delivery of the last submarine in 2003, the total cost was in excess of six billion dollars. Over 130 key players were interviewed for this book, and the Australian Defence Department allowed access to its classified archives and the Australian Navy archives.

Vividly illustrated with photographs from the collections of the Royal Australian Navy and ASC Pty Ltd, The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin is a riveting and accessibly written chronicle of a grand-scale quest for excellence.

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"...highly recommended, both as eminently readable naval history and as a fine treatise on project managment." -Commander Michael Craven, Canadian Naval Review

List of key peoplep. vii
List of acronymsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
You Can't Build Submarines in Australiap. 1
'The one class of vessel that it is impossible to build in Australia': Australia's early submarinesp. 3
Australia's Oberon class submarinesp. 11
The submarine weapons update program and the origins of the new submarine projectp. 20
The new submarine projectp. 30
'We can't build submarines, go away': Eglo Engineering and the submarine projectp. 37
The acts of the apostlesp. 44
'But how will you judge them?': the tender evaluation process 1984-85p. 58
Spies, leaks and sackings: from tender evaluation to project definition studyp. 76
The project definition study 1985-86p. 89
Debating the laws of physics: picking winners 1987p. 101
The Honeymoon Years 1987-92p. 117
'Keen as mustard to do a good job': setting to work 1987-89p. 119
Designing the Collins classp. 130
Building submarinesp. 142
The automated integrated visionp. 152
Steel, sonars and tiles: early technological support for the submarinesp. 166
'On time and on budget'p. 181
'A Strange Sense of Unease' 1993-98p. 191
End of the honeymoonp. 193
The trials of Collinsp. 205
'They were problems we didn't expect'p. 221
The role of Defence Science: noise and dieselsp. 235
'A patch on this and chewing gum on that': the combat system 1993-97p. 244
Resolutionp. 255
'Hardly a day went by without the project getting a hammering in the press': the project in crisis 1997-98p. 257
'Bayoneting the wounded': the McIntosh-Prescott reportp. 274
'That villain Briggs' and the submarine 'get-well' programp. 287
'Inside the American tent': the saga of the replacement combat systemp. 299
'We'll do it and get rid of the buggers': Kockums, ASC and Electric Boatp. 310
'We would find that challenging': comparison and retrospectp. 319
Notesp. 330
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780521868945
ISBN-10: 0521868947
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 6th May 2008
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.51  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.86

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