So its looking more and more likely that the RAN will go for an Astute. And im not surprised at the TL that they revealed, coupled with issues with the French the Chinese handling of the whole Covid situation seems very likely to have made waves in Australia. I am also not at all surprised that the Aussies waited until the last dude was out of the white house before they approached the US.Scomo has laid out a bit of detail on the RAN SSN story the other day.
I'm not concerned about the details of telling the French, but it appears the timeline is Australians started looking into nuclear subs early last year and from other things I've heard it was in response to China being arseholes with our trade as covid started. Once we'd sorted out the details at our end we approached the UK and US at the level below that of political leaders, but we didn't go political until Biden was well and truly inaugurated.