USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Professor Peter Dean is quoted in this article for The Australian Financial Review discussing the possibility for the Albanese government's review of the navy's surface fleet to reduce the number of Hunter-class frigates by at least three ships. Professor Dean says "persevering with the Hunter-class frigates would make it difficult to free up funds over the forward estimates or even the decade for other vessels, including smaller warships, amphibious ships and supply ships."