USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Professor Peter Dean is quoted in this article in The Age discussing the future of Australia's surface fleet. Professor Dean, referring to the Hunter-class frigates, says "What we have here is an over-engineered, over-specialised, anti-submarine warfare frigate that is no longer meeting the needs of the strategic environment... The question now has to be: are we not better off walking away and looking at other options that we can explore?”