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Modern Infrastructure

Constructing Australia’s future maritime capability will require fit for purpose, technologically capable and productive shipyards.

The Naval Shipbuilding Plan highlights that a successful Australian naval shipbuilding enterprise will need modern, innovative and secure naval shipbuilding and sustainment infrastructure and construction processes.

New infrastructure is an investment in the future of the naval shipbuilding enterprise.

  • Work on shipyard infrastructure for the construction of major surface combatants at the Osborne Naval Shipyard will commence in the second half of 2017. The Government’s investment of up to $535 million for surface ship infrastructure will support commencement of construction of the future frigates in 2020.
  • The current infrastructure at the Osborne Naval Shipyard is not suitable for construction of future submarines and will also require development to support submarine construction from around 2022 - 23.
  • The Government announced on 20 February 2017 a $100 million investment in naval-related industrial infrastructure and sustainment in Western Australia from 2017 to 2020, including the Henderson Maritime Precinct and HMAS Stirling  (Fleet Base West).  Defence is assessing the requirement for further infrastructure upgrades to support the continuous build program for minor naval vessels at the Henderson Maritime Precinct.
  • Defence will finalise a master plan for shipyard infrastructure development at the Osborne Naval Shipyard and Henderson Maritime Precinct later in 2017.

Infrastructure development at the Osborne Naval Shipyard and Henderson Maritime Precinct will modernise submarine and ship construction systems and processes in Australia, an important step in improving shipyard productivity and reducing the cost of Australian build programs.

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