Preparation underway to build new frigates

January 7, 2021 – Prototyping is underway at the Osborne shipyard in Adelaide in preparation for work to start on Navy’s Hunter-class frigates. Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s first assistant secretary ships Sheryl Lutz said five prototype blocks would be built in the prototyping phase to test the shipyard’s production systems, develop the facilities and ensure the workforce was…

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Australia stands with our Fijian Vuvale following Tropical Cyclone Yasa

December 23, 2020 – The Australian Government will provide $4.5 million in humanitarian relief to support the people of Fiji in response to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Additionally, HMAS Adelaide will be deployed to provide immediate assistance to thousands of Fijians, including many from remote islands, whose homes, schools and other local infrastructure were damaged or destroyed…

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Collins Class submarines to receive sonar upgrades

December 29, 2020 – Navy’s Collins Class submarines will undergo significant upgrades to its sonar systems here in Australia through a multi-million dollar contract with Thales Australia. The two contracts, worth around $23.7 million, are for the design and implementation of the Mine and Obstacle Avoidance System and the High Frequency Intercept Array for the submarine fleet. The upgrades will…

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ASC Awards Hunter Class Subcontract to Altrad Services

December 14, 2020 – The prototyping phase of the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program is one step closer, with West Australian company Altrad Services contracted to provide blast and paint services. The Prime contractor for the Hunter program, ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has signed the contract with Altrad Services after a competitive tender process. Minister…

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RAN, RCN, RCAF Join US Forces for Fleet Synthetic Training

December 10, 2020 – U.S. military forces partnered with Australian and Canadian military units for a Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint Exercise (FST-J) that began Dec. 3. The week-long virtual exercise included participants from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army; as well as units from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force.…

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Naval sustainment creates industry opportunities

December 7, 2020 – Defence is adopting a new approach to the sustainment of its Navy fleet, creating significant opportunities for Australian industry to become involved. Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Head Maritime Systems Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm said the result would ensure delivery of complex naval capabilities while increasing opportunities for local small and medium businesses. “We are looking…

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Australian and Indonesian navies deepen defence cooperation

December 4, 2020 – The Royal Australian Navy and the Indonesian Armed Forces have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to improve security along our shared maritime border. The tenth iteration of the Australian and Indonesian coordinated maritime security patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) 2020 was conducted on 2 and 3 December and covered waters between Australia and Indonesia. Minister for Defence, Senator…

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Raytheon Australia Selected to Assist in Arafura Class Introduction to Service

December 3, 2020 – The Morrison Government is backing Australian industry through its up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, with the selection of a new Capability Life Cycle Manager for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). Raytheon Australia has been selected to initially help support the transition into service for the OPV’s, while setting the foundations for through…

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Tenders to be called for underwater tracking ranges

December 2, 2020 – Australian businesses will soon have the opportunity to tender for work on new maritime underwater tracking ranges to be built in Western Australia. The project will replace the original tracking range that was developed for testing the Collins-class submarines with a new deep water tracking range and a shallow water tracking range. It will also deliver…

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