HMAS Stirling, shown in Figure 2 below, is an existing Defence establishment located 50km south of the City of Perth on Garden Island. Stirling is the Royal Australian Navy's primary base on the west coast of Australia. This base is also known as Fleet Base West.
Figure 2: HMAS Stirling Aerial View
The proposed work includes the extension of two existing wharfs as well as additional services and wharf furniture to those wharfs.
Two minor maritime structures are also proposed to be constructed to support small boat training activities.
Refer to Figure 3 for an artist’s impression of the wharf extensions.
Figure 3: HMAS Stirling Proposed Extension to Maritime Structures (extensions show in grey)
It is proposed that a new office building will be constructed on the shore adjacent to the extended wharves. This facility will support the sea operations of the new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels and Hunter Class Frigates. This building will also support the vessels and their crews when the vessels are docked at HMAS Stirling. Refer to Figure 4 for an artist impression of this building.
The proposed works also includes an expansion to existing maintenance facilities and for the construction of new logistics support and separate storage facilities for equipment and small boats.
Figure 4: HMAS Stirling Office Accommodation Artist Impression
The proposed works include construction of an integrated training precinct to provide specific individual and group training for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel and Hunter Class Frigate crews.
The new training precinct features a training center building with classrooms, theatrette, specialists training rooms, bridge simulator and training staff office accommodation. Group training facilities tailored to the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel and Hunter Class Frigate will also be located within the precinct. Refer to Figure 5 for an artist impression of the training center.
Figure 5: HMAS Stirling Training Centre Artist Impression
The proposed work includes construction of medium density living accommodation for a minimum of 91 permanent staff and 360 trainees. Refer to Figure 6 for an artist impression of a single block of trainee living accommodation.
The existing senior sailors’ mess and medical facility are proposed to be upgraded.
Figure 6: HMAS Stirling Trainee Living Accommodation Artist Impression
Existing engineering services, including reticulated potable water, power and storage, will be extended to cater for the new and refurbished facilities. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded to cater for increased personnel on HMAS Stirling.