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Defence Infrastructure Division

Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-Program

Project Overview

Welcome to the public website for the Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-Program (NCIS Project). Defence has established this web page to provide information to members of the public about the NCIS Project. The information contained within this web page is intended to complement the information provided to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Public Works (PWC).

For more information on the PWC or to access a copy of the NCIS Project Statement of Evidence, please refer to

The Department of Defence is planning to upgrade and construct new fit-for-purpose facilities and infrastructure to support the introduction into service of the Hunter Class Frigates and the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels at several locations in Australia: HMAS Stirling and Henderson (Western Australia); HMAS Coonawarra and RAAF Darwin (Northern Territory); HMAS Cairns (Queensland); and St Kilda Transmitting Station and Osborne (South Australia).

The fleet of Hunter Class Frigates will be homeported at HMAS Stirling and at the Garden Island Defence Precinct (NSW). The fleet of Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels will be homeported at HMAS Stirling, HMAS Coonawarra and HMAS Cairns.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, design and procurement activities will progressively be carried out at each of the locations, with the first construction works expected to commence in 2020. The NCIS Project is expected to be completed in 2027.

Figure 1 indicates the locations where various NCIS Project Works are planned to be undertaken.

NCIS Location Map
Figure 1: NCIS Location Map