You’ve been called back to Top Gun Albo: Joe Biden’s gift to Aussie PM after the landmark AUKUS submarine deal was struck
- Anthony Albanese gifted aviator sunglasses by Joe Biden
- Australian PM is in California for historic AUKUS meeting
Anthony Albanese has taken to Instagram to show off his new pair of aviator sunglasses gifted to him by American President Joe Biden.
The Australian Prime Minister, 60, appeared to have struck up a friendship with new pal Biden, 80, after they appeared together at a navel base in San Diego to announce details of the historic AUKUS security pact.
‘Thanks for the present @JoeBiden,’ Mr Albanese wrote.
Biden was snapped during the official AUKUS press conference wearing a similar pair of sunnies – though it’s not known if this was the same pair given to Albanese.
Many commenters drew comparisons to the 1980s movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise as a navy fighter pilot and it’s 2022 sequel Maverick in which the actor famously sports similar shades.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese showed off a pair of aviator sunnies gifted to him by Joe Biden
Commenters joked the PM looked like he was trying out for a role in the Top Gun films
‘You’ve been called back to Top Gun,’ one person said.
‘Yeah for stealing Biden’s glasses,’ added another.
‘And just a like that a new meme template was born,’ joked a third.
At the AUKUS meeting this week it was announced Australia will command a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines within the next three decades under a fast-tracked plan.
In a bid to deter Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific, Canberra will acquire three US Virginia-class nuclear submarines as a stop-gap from approximately 2033 before a new SSN AUKUS-class hybrid vessel arrives in Australian waters a decade later.
The cost to taxpayers of the trilateral deal with the US and UK will come in at an eye-watering $268-$368 billion over the coming three decades.
The plan will take $9 billion from the budget’s bottom line across the next four years and $50-58 billion within a decade.
The annual cost will then be around 0.15 per cent of GDP until the mid-2050s, but there are warnings about the accuracy of the forecasts due to the unpredictability of inflation in three decades’ time.
An American submarine for Australia will roll off the production line every three years before the new AUKUS class will be built at a similar rate from 2042. The sale will need approval from Congress.
Biden was wearing similar sunglasses – perhaps the same ones – at the AUKUS press conference earlier this week
US President Joe Biden (centre) and Australian PM Anthony Albanese (left) at Point Loma naval base in California
Australia is set to get nuclear powered submarines under the AUKUS agreement (pictured: A BAE render of what the subs could look like)
Australia’s top ministers are working to allay concerns over Australia acquiring nuclear-powered submarines by putting in dozens of calls to Chinese counterparts as the communist superpower continues a disinformation campaign.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia had an impeccable record when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation.
‘We will observe to the highest standard, our obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, under the Treaty of Rarotonga,’ Senator Wong said.
‘We will ensure that we have … the highest standards when it comes to the safety of the construction of this capability.’
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