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Back to the future: Australia's interim sealift and amphibious capability

By Andrew Davies

For any meaningfully-sized operation overseas, the bulk of ADF personnel and materiel would necessarily be moved by sea.

Airlift remains the fastest way to move small numbers of troops or small volumes of equipment, but only movement by sea allows for large quantities to be moved efficiently.

The government should soon be faced with some choices about the interim provision of sealift and/or amphibious capability for the RAN.