A major boost to Western Australia’s maritime defense industry has been achieved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and the world’s largest manufacturer of nuclear-powered submarines.

Huntington Ingalls Industries employs over 42,000 people worldwide, and is a builder of the US Virginia-class submarine, the model of nuclear-powered submarine Australia is expected to purchase in the next decade.

US Virginia-class submarines will begin rotational deployment at HMAS Stirling at Garden Island from 2027 – ahead of the Royal Australian Navy’s acquisition of nuclear submarines in the 2030s as part of the AUKUS partnership.

The MoU will greatly assist the State Government in the creation of high paying, skilled jobs at the AMC at Henderson, as well as at HMAS Stirling, for decades to come.

In March, the Australian Government announced an $8 billion expansion of HMAS Stirling in the next decade creating around 3,000 direct jobs.

This investment will ensure WA is able to complete longer and more complex repairs on visiting military vessels in the future.

The dual focused MoU targets the development of both industry and workforce development, ensuring businesses can deliver in the immediate and long terms.

This includes positioning WA as a hub for defense industry innovation and enterprise, as well as establishing the State as an ideal location for defense training and education.

  • The WA Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huntington Ingalls Industries Australia
  • The MoU has a dual focus on industry development and training, and workforce development
  • $87.6 million of improvements at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson are also nearing completion – which will allow defense works to continue at the shipyard