Young Endeavour Replacement

April 1, 2019 – The Government is pleased to announce the STS Young Endeavour replacement project is progressing and will be due for consideration by Cabinet later this year. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the program is recognized internationally as a leading youth development program, with more than 500 young Australians taking part every year. “More than 13,600 young Australians have participated in the scheme since January 1988,” Minister Pyne said. “After 31 years of dedicated service the Young Endeavour is now approaching the end of…

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Arafura Class Milestone

March 21, 2019 – The keel of the first Arafura class offshore patrol vessel has officially been constructed on time and on budget. More than 50 tonnes of Australian steel has been assembled at Osborne Naval Shipyard, satisfying the contractual requirement for keel construction of the lead ship. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the milestone was a further demonstration of Australian industry’s ability to deliver on schedule. “This represents the ongoing success story of the Government’s $90 billion continuous shipbuilding endeavour in Australia,” said Minister…

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New Submarine Rescue Service

March 6, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will receive a new sovereign air transportable Submarine Rescue Service capability under a contract with Phoenix International (Australia). Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the service will be based in Western Australia and support both the Collins Class submarine force and the Attack Class submarines for the next 25 plus years. “The new system is being designed and built specifically to support the capability requirements of the Navy and will be both air and road transportable, capable of…

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Attack Class Design Contract Signed

March 5,2019 – Momentum continues to build on the Attack class program with the Submarine Design Contract now also signed. It comes less than a month after the Strategic Partnering Agreement was signed, and just days after the signing of the Framework Agreement between Naval Group Australia and ASC. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the signing of the contract between the Commonwealth and Naval Group is the first contract inked under the SPA. “The detailed architecture for the hull, including the placement of main systems, will…

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New Simulator to Keep Navy Communicators at the Cutting Edge

February 20, 2019 – A new simulator at the Defence Force School of Signals Maritime Wing at HMAS Cerberus will ensure Navy’s newest Communications and Information Systems sailors join their first ships fully prepared for the rigors of operating at sea. The learning system simulator was developed by Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems, an Australian owned and operated small to medium enterprise. The successful delivery of this system is a demonstration of the capability within Australia to develop and engineer complex simulation technology to support the ADF. Minister for Defence,…

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New Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board Member

February 7, 2019 – Lesley Seebeck PHD has been appointed to the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. Seebeck is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National University’s Cyber Institute and was the Federal Chief Information Officer of the Year in 2017. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said it’s great to have someone of Seebeck’s experience join the NSAB. “Since the board’s formation in 2016, the Government has sought the most senior and experienced advisers to help deliver our historic $90 billion dollar commitment to expanding our…

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Opportunities for Local Companies in Future Submarine Program

December 4, 2018 – Local companies are being encouraged to get involved and seek opportunities in Australia’s Future Submarine Program. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has welcomed the latest Future Submarine Program Industry Day which will be held on the 5th of December at the Adelaide Convention Centre. “The $50 billion program will see Australia’s Future Submarines built in Australia, by Australians, using Australian steel,” Minister Pyne said. “These industry forums are valuable events for Australian businesses of all sizes to learn how they can contribute to…

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Naval Ship Management to Sustain and Support RAN Amphibious Fleet

December 3, 2018 – Naval Ship Management will partner with the Australian Defence Force to sustain and support Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) and LHD Landing Craft (LLCs) over the long term under a historic new agreement. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulates Naval Ship Management, an existing joint venture between UGL and Babcock, on being selected to sustain and support this strategically important capability over fifteen years, from July 2019. “Naval Ship Management has a proven track record within similar sustainment programs, with proven performance in innovation,…

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Henderson Shipside Support Tower

November 30, 2018 – The Henderson maritime precinct in Western Australia has received a major boost with the opening of a new Shipside Support Tower. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today announced the opening of the facility at the BAE Systems Australia-owned shipyard. The project created 50 jobs and cost $6.4 million and shows yet again how important Henderson is as a shipbuilding and maintenance hub. The Tower is five stories high and incorporates gangway facilities in…

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RAAF P-8A Poseidon to Enforce North Korea Sanctions

November 30, 2018 – Next week Australia will deploy a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the deployment supports Australia’s ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. “This is part of Australia’s commitment to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanctions evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks,” Minister Pyne said. “This deployment follows on from Defense’s…

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Australia and United States first countries to use Cooperative Engagement Capability between Navies

November 5, 2018 – In a first for our respective navies, HMAS Hobart has successfully tested a communications capability, proving her ability to share sensor information and real-time combat system data with the United States Navy. During training and testing near Hawaii, HMAS Hobart established secure data links with the US Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS John Finn and shared tracking and fire control data across the two ships. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the trials were a significant milestone in the testing and qualifying of…

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First contract for Hunter Class Frigate

October 4, 2018 – In a major development for Australia’s new Hunter class frigate program, an interim contract has been struck between the Commonwealth and BAE Systems Australia. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence and BAE Systems Australia have entered into an Advanced Work Arrangement (AWA). The AWA will cover ongoing work on the $35 billion program, ahead of agreeing the Head Contract. Minister Pyne said the AWA is an important first step in the process of transitioning ASC Shipbuilding into BAE Systems in preparation…

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Regional partnerships on show at exercise Kakadu

August 31, 2018 – Australia’s role as a regional security partner will be highlighted in the coming weeks with the largest regional maritime exercise of its kind beginning today in the Northern Territory. Held biennially, Exercise Kakadu is a joint exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. More countries are attending this year than ever before, with 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and more than 3000 personnel from 27 nations participating in a range of activities both ashore in Darwin and…

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Sonar Trials and Testing Facility in Tasmania

Thales Australia is looking to make Tasmania the home of a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems. Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the establishment of the facility. The potential locations being investigated for the facility are located in the federal seat of Braddon and will create jobs and develop world leading expertise for the region. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, who witnessed today’s…

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Defence Secretary meets Australian Defence Minister Following £20bn British Warship Deal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today, following the country’s decision to buy a British warship design as part of a potentially record-breaking £20 billion deal. The meeting between the two ministers, and Defence Minister for procurement Guto Bebb, came just a fortnight after British firm BAE Systems was chosen as the preferred bidder for Australia’s ‘SEA 5000’ Future Frigate competition, securing the biggest international ship deal of the decade. The agreement will see nine cutting-edge British Type 26 Global Combat Ships built in…

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