Naval Group Signs Australian Strategic Partnering Agreement

February 11, 2019 – A significant milestone has been achieved today with the signing of the Future Submarine Program Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and Naval Group. The agreement was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence and Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces. The agreement sets out the principles of cooperation between the two partners for the Attack class Submarine Program which will see: the delivery of 12 regionally superior submarines to Australia…

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Navy welcomes historic agreement for future submarines

February 11, 2019 – The Australian Government today ratified a Strategic Partnering Agreement with the French shipbuilding company Naval Group that will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Future Submarine Program. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan welcomed today’s important milestone. “The $50-billion Attack Class program will deliver submarines that will meet our Navy’s capability requirements, will be at the forefront of Australia’s defense strategy and will help protect Australia’s security and prosperity for decades to…

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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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A flurry of activity sets the tone for a busy 2019

January 23, 2019 – There’s a flurry of activity at Garden Island in Sydney as Fleet Units and support organizations busily prepare for the year ahead. The year began on a positive note with HMAS Ballarat interdicting 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East. Navy’s Patrol Boats remained stalwart over the Christmas period, patrolling Australia’s northern maritime borders, and HMAS Huon returned home in mid-January following a four-month North East Asian deployment. Most Fleet units are now diligently working to ensure ships, systems and personnel are ready for the…

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Steel Raised at Osborne South Shipyard

December 14, 2018 – The new landscape of the Osborne Naval Shipyard is taking shape with steel now being raised into place for the Hunter class construction yard. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, said it was fantastic to see the project achieving significant milestones. “It’s estimated the $535 million Osborne South project will create up to 600 jobs,” Minister Pyne said. “The steel raising for the new shipyard involves the elevation of more than 8,000 tonnes…

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Saab Launches New Laser Rangefinder Vidar

December 14, 2018 – Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Lurssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously announced. Rangefinders use a laser beam to measure the distance to the target, and Vidar can be used as an integral part of a surveillance or weapon system, for example in anti-aircraft…

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Navy’s future submarine class named

December 13, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy’s future submarines will be named the Attack class, with the first submarine being named HMAS Attack. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Noonan AO RAN, said the name ‘Attack’, represents the inherent stealth, long-range endurance and lethality of a submarine. “The future submarine project is a major part of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, and, it is appropriate that the class name be established now given the significant effort already underway to introduce this critical capability that will protect Australia’s security and prosperity for…

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Outstanding success in Australian submarine rescue tests

December 5, 2018 – JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed the “Black Carillon” 2018 submarine rescue exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), further demonstrating its commitment to driving the highest standards in submarine rescue safety. Black Carillon 2018 successfully tested every aspect of the RAN’s submarine rescue system, including the new hyperbaric escape and rescue capability, demonstrating a step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations. It was also the first exercise…

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RAN Minehunters Shine

December 10, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Minehunters HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have been commended by Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Captain Yasushi Noguchi, the Commanding Officer of Mine Warfare Division Three, for their excellent result in successfully finding all underwater mines in a designated exercise area in minimal time. Lieutenant Commander Ryan Kelly, Chief of Staff to the Australian Mine Warfare Squadron and embarked Liaison Officer on JMSDF Ship Bungo, noted the fine performance of the RAN units. “For the JMSDF, Australia’s involvement in Exercise HYUGA…

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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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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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Technology Advances Impress VIPs at AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 18

November 27, 2018 – Senior military and defence civilian leaders from Australia and its Five Eyes Alliance partner nations, USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand were impressed by the command and control advancements made during AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 2018 (AW18) when visiting the exercise in Jervis Bay, ACT. The 50-strong contingent received briefings on the test and evaluation activity’s objectives and the achievements before observing demonstrations of the command and control technologies and inspecting autonomous systems involved in, or displayed at, AW18. The visitors were impressed by the ability of the…

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Saab announced as a Combat System Integration Partner for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate

November 23, 2018 – Saab Australia has been selected by BAE Systems to be part of a team, including Lockheed Martin Australia, to deliver the combat system integration for the Hunter class frigate. This selection continues a long standing and successful partnership on defense projects in Australia and is an important first step in work that will endure for the life of the Hunter class frigate program. At this stage no contract has been signed. “The fact that BAE Systems Australia has selected Saab as partner is further proof of…

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New competition to inspire future Navy submariners

November 14, 2018 – A rare opportunity for Australians to go behind the scenes, see world-class technology and consider a career as a submariner is on offer following the launch of a National Submariner Tour and Competition today. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the competition allowed Australians the chance to experience life as a submariner and learn more about the Royal Australian Navy. “The Navy is looking for people with the right combination of intelligence, resilience, discipline and teamwork to fill these roles,” Mr Chester said. “The National…

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Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

November 15, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels will be named the Arafura class, with the first ship entering service in 2022 being named HMAS Arafura. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement of the name Arafura, reflecting the strong connection between the Navy and the maritime waters it patrols. “Assigning a name to a warship is a significant milestone in the introduction of a new capability,” Minister Pyne said. “This is the first time the Australian Navy has used the name Arafura and…

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