Celebrating the next step in Hunter-class Frigates construction
Federal Defence Minister Christopher Pyne made his second appearance in as many days at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia today, this time to mark the Steel Raising Ceremony for the sheds which will house the construction of the nine Hunter-class Frigates.
Minister Pyne was joined by Rear Admiral Tony Dalton and Chris Leopold, General Manager of Lend Lease SA, the company contracted to construct the work yards.
“The opportunities for young people in South Australia as a result of these future projects are going to be incredible,’’ Mr Leopold said.
“The collaborative partnerships that are being formed will see South Australia in the business of global manufacturing.’’
Deputy Program Manager of the Naval Shipbuilding College Graham Winter said growing and expanding the collaborative relationships created through the Naval Shipbuilding College would play a critical role in ensuring workforce numbers for the Frigates project.
“Every day we are speaking to prospective employees who will be needed to work on the frigates,’’ he said.
“A diverse range of people are considering naval shipbuilding as an exciting career, from high school, university or TAFE students, through to established tradespeople and professionals.”
Minister Pyne also announced the signing of the head contract between the Commonwealth and ASC Shipbuilding – now a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia which will result in the total construction of nine frigates.
A prototype of the Hunter-class Frigate will be created in 2020 with production of the first frigate to begin in 2022.