Redeploy navy to region

Redeploy navy back to region, says admiral

A former Australian admiral has called for the nation’s Middle East naval operations to be ­redeployed to Southeast Asia and the western Pacific to counter the expansion of China’s military footprint, the North Korean ­nuclear threat and the spill-over of Islamic State terrorists to Indonesia and The Philippines.

Warning of fundamental changes to the balance of power in Australia’s region, retired Rear Admiral James Goldrick says it is time for a major strategic naval reposturing as Australia is no longer able to take “a free and open region for granted”.

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