DEFENCE, political and industry leadership have gathered in South Australia to debate the future of Australia's naval capability for Sub Summit 2015.
Notably, members of the Japanese Navy as well as shipbuilding representatives from France, Germany and Sweden were present at the event, which has run from March 24-26.
Topics on hand covered all aspects of the submarine debate currently occurring in Australia. As the country looks to gradually replace its Collins Class capability, there are strong opinions on which foreign country has the best design for Australia's naval demands.
The Summit opened with speeches from both the Federal Government - Defence Minister Kevin Andrews - and Federal Oppositions - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, with both announcing policy on the building of the submarines.
Whether the ship would be built in a foreign nation with Australian oversight or if it would be best kept in the country with foreign assistance - most likely built by ASC in South Australia - was covered extensively.
Former Thinker In Residence for South Australian manufacturing, Göran Roos, laid out a purely economic view on why the ships should be built in Australia.
Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC (Retired) outlined the critical need for a sovereign power to retain control over its supply lines in supporting a warfighting submarine.
See below for live coverage of the event by The Lead South Australia, Sub Summit and other media and commentators present. Follow the hashtag #SubSummit on twitter for more.