This edited volume starts with an account of the submarine in naval warfare and moves on to review the nature and consequences of naval modernisation in Southeast Asia by considering their acquisition by the small and medium navies of the region. It explores the reasons for these navies taking on this very substantial and demanding challenge, the problems they are facing and the consequences of the deployment of submarines for regional stability. Given the backdrop of growing tensions over the South China Sea and increasing competition between the United States and China in the region, will the arrival of submarines in the area help or hinder the cause of peace? This volume will be of substantial interest not just to those interested in submarines and naval development but also to students and teachers concerned about the very volatile developing situation in and around the South China Sea.
Geoffrey Till is Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King's College London, UK, and Chairman of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, UK. Since 2009 he has also been a Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.
Chapter 1: Submarines and their acquisition: a general introduction (Geoffrey Till).- Chapter 2: Submarine Acquisition in Southeast Asia: the dangers (Sam Bateman).- Chapter 3: Submarine Acquisition in Australia.- (RAdm James Goldrick).- Chapter 4: Submarine Acquisition in Japan (VAdm Yoji Koda).- Chapter 5: Submarine Acquisition in Indonesia (Andi Supriyanto).- Chapter 6: Singapore's Submarine Quest: Enablers and Constraints (Collin Koh Swee Lean).- Chapter 7: Submarine Acquisition in Malaysia (Dzirhan Mahadzir).- Chapter 8: Submarine Acquisition in Vietnam (Carl Thayer).- Chapter 9: Conclusions.