Naval Shipbuilding College welcomes agreement between Naval Group and Australian Government

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Naval Shipbuilding College’s Bill Docalovich said today’s signing of the Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) in Canberra was another critical milestone in Australia’s $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


Representatives of French Naval Group and France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly will meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne in Canberra today to sign the agreement.


“The twelve Attack-class submarines are a part of the $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise that will also see the construction of twelve Ararfura-class Offshore Patrol Vessels and nine Hunter-class Frigates,’’ Mr Docalovich said.


“This is one more critical milestone in the continuous build that will lead to thousands of jobs being created in Australia.’’


He said Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise represented one of the most high-tech projects currently being undertaken in the world and would lead to Australia creating and maintaining its own highly skilled, sovereign workforce in the area of naval shipbuilding.


Naval Group, in partnership with the Australian Government, will build 12 Attack-class submarines in South Australia at the Osborne Shipyards for the Royal Australian Navy during a continuous build, forecast to run from 2022 to 2051. The first submarine is expected to be operational in the mid- 2030s.


Based on Naval Group’s Shortfin Barracuda design, the Attack-class will gradually replace Australia’s current fleet of Collins Class submarines.


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