On April 9, at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2024 exposition, leaders from the AUKUS partnership reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing joint military capabilities to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

AUKUS Prioritizes Stability in the Indo-Pacific

The AUKUS security partnership, formed between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia in September 2021, is taking a significant leap forward with a focus on developing joint capabilities to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Senior officials from all three nations recently emphasized this core objective during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2024 exposition.

“It’s really about maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” declared Justin McFarlin, deputy assistant secretary of defense for international and industry engagement at the Pentagon.

This overarching goal guides the partnership’s multi-phased approach, which includes bolstering Australia’s undersea capabilities and fostering technological collaboration among all three members.

A Two-Pillar Approach to Strengthening Defense

AUKUS operates through two key pillars.

The first equips Australia with three nuclear-powered Virginia-class submarines to replace its aging diesel-electric fleet by the 2030s.