“Fitted for but not with” is not a popular phrase with sailors. The idea of building a warship with only space and power reserves for important systems is attractive to budget managers, but it can leave navies facing sudden wars with weak and vulnerable ships. Yet when such ships' reserves are put to good use, the result can be a remarkable transformation. Australia's eight Anzac-class frigates are becoming a model example of that, as Canberra moves ahead with the next stage of their ...

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