Brisbane touted for new naval base
Brisbane (...Australia...) has been flagged as the likely location for a new Navy base.
In its progress report released yesterday, it says the Navy will need more facilities in northern Australia.
The report says Brisbane is the most promising location for a new fleet base on the east coast.
The base could be home to the planned Future Submarine fleet and Air Warfare Destroyers.
The report says Brisbane's port is rated for nuclear powered warships, which would allow for visits by the US Navy.
It also says the city has the infrastructure needed to support a major naval base. It suggests a base in Brisbane would complement rather than replace the Navy's Garden Island home base in Sydney.
Australian Defence Association spokesman Neil James says it is unlikely large naval ships would be based in Brisbane.
"If anything is based in Brisbane they won't be destroyers and frigates," he said.
"They're more likely to be something on the amphibious side, but even then it's more likely than not that they would be regularly visiting ships rather than home-ported there."
The final report of the Australian Defence Force Posture review is due in March.