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The Collins class submarine story : steel, spies and spin

Author: Peter Yule; Derek Woolner
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Yule; Derek Woolner
ISBN: 9780521868945 0521868947
OCLC Number: 213111359
Description: xx, 364 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of key people; List of acronyms; Introduction; Part I. You Can't Build Submarines in Australia: 1. 'The one class of vessel that it is impossible to build in Australia': Australia's early submarines; 2. Australia's Oberon class submarines; 3. The submarine weapons update program and the origins of the new submarine project; 4. The new submarine project; 5. 'We can't build submarines, go away' - Eglo Engineering and the submarine project; 6. The acts of the apostles; 7. 'But how will you judge them?' The tender evaluation process 1984-5; 8. Spies, leaks and sackings: from tender evaluation to project definition study; 9. The project definition studies, 1985-6; 10. Debating the laws of physics: picking winners 1987; Part II. The Honeymoon Years 1987-92: 11. 'Keen as mustard to do a good job': setting to work 1987-9; 12. Designing the Collins class; 13. Building the Collins class; 14. The automated integrated vision; 15. Steel, sonars and tiles: early technological support for the submarines; 16. 'On time and on budget'; Part III. 'A Strange Sense of Unease', 1993-8: 17. End of the honeymoon; 18. The trials of Collins; 19. 'They were problems we didn't expect'; 20. The role of Defence Science: noise and diesels; 21. 'A patch on this and chewing gum on that': the combat system 1993-7; Part IV. Resolution: 22. 'Hardly a day went by without the project getting a hammering in the press'; 23. 'Bayoneting the wounded': the Mcintosh-Prescott report; 24. 'That villain Briggs' and the submarine 'get-well' program; 25. Inside the American tent: the saga of the replacement combat system; 26. 'We'll do it and get rid of the buggers': Kockums, ASC and Electric Boat; 27. 'We would find that challenging': comparisons and retrospect; Index.
Responsibility: Peter Yule, Derek Woolner.

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This book examines the most expensive and controversial project ever undertaken by the Australian Defence Force.  Read more...

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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

 
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