Biden and UK, Australia unveil submarine security pact during historic San Diego visit

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — At a historic meeting in San Diego, President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of the United Kingdom and Australia announced Monday that they’re accelerating plans to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines to help the nations counter a military build-up by China in the Indo-Pacific. Australia will initially buy three U.S. Virginia-class submarines that will be armed with conventional weapons but no nuclear missiles. Contracts for two more multi-billion-dollar subs can be added at a later date. The submarines will be built with components from all three countries and wil…

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