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Australia’s Future Submarine Program reaches major international milestone

Lockheed Martin Australia and Naval Group welcome the opening of Australia’s Future Program Office in Cherbourg, France.

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Lockheed Martin Australia and Naval Group welcome the opening of Australia’s Future Program Office in Cherbourg, France.

Lockheed Martin advised Defence + Industry Magazine were advised this morning that Naval Group (formerly DCNS) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Australia today welcomed the official opening of Australia’s Future Submarine Office by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Cherbourg France.

In collaboration with the Australian Department of Defence, in what will be Australia’s largest defence capital investment program in history, Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver to the Royal Australian Navy a fleet of 12 regionally superior submarines.

The Office is a tripartite secure facility which will house Submarine designers, naval architects and engineers who will work alongside each other on Australia’s Future Submarine Program.  The facility will be known as ‘Hughes House’, in recognition of Rear Admiral ‘Oscar’ Hughes, AO, RAN and his invaluable role in Australia’s submarine history as Director of the Collins Submarine Project.

“Today marks an important and tangible milestone for the program as the facility allows all three partners to work together in a modern and highly secure environment to further enhance and develop the already close partnership,” said Herve Guillou, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Naval Group.

“We are looking forward to establishing an Australian workforce in Cherbourg to develop the skills and understanding required to establish a regionally superior submarine and develop a sovereign Australian industrial capability.”

More than 50 Australians will join Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia employees to progress the important work of developing a mature design of the Future Submarine.  It is this collaboration along with the integral role that Australian industry will play that will underpin the ability of Australia to maintain and operate the Future Submarines with sovereignty, throughout their life.

“At Lockheed Martin Australia, we are proud to partner with the Australian Government and Naval Group to deliver a regionally superior, sovereign, sustainable submarine program,” said Vince Di Pietro AM, Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Australia & New Zealand.

“This office will provide a collaboration space for the Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia to work closely with our Australian Government partners to provide the best possible submarine fleet to provide protection for Australia’s trade and assure the nation’s maritime security.”

While today’s announcement is the first major milestone event, the design of the Future Submarine is already well underway, as is engagement with Australian Industry.  The Future Submarine Program is hosting industry briefings across all states and territories reaching more than 850 Australian companies, detailing how they can become involved.

About Naval Group
Naval Group is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. Naval Group designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, Naval Group is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. Naval Group generates annual revenues of €3.2 billion and employs around 12,800 people (2016 data).

About Lockheed Martin Australia
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 800 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

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Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, describes the capability of the Future Frigate to members of Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane’s, ship’s company at Osborne in South Australia.

On 29 June 2018, BAE Systems Australia were announced as the successful bid to design the Global Combat Ship – Australia Hunter Class frigates, to be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program will deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates,the Hunter class.

The Hunter class enter service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.

The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Incorporating the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.

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Guide Missile Destroyer future HMAS Hobart arrives in Sydney

Soon to be HMAS Hobart arrives In Sydney Harbour

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The Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship, the guided missile destroyer (DDG) Hobart, arrived in her home port of Sydney for the first time prior to her commissioning in September.

The future HMAS Hobart is the first of three Hobart Class DDGs. In 2017, Hobart successfully completed builder and acceptance trials which tested the ship’s handling, equipment and systems to ensure they conform to the design and build specifications.

The ship’s company are preparing for her commissioning, at which point she will enter the fleet as Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Hobart and start her test and evaluation period. This period will integrate the ship into the fleet and train Navy personnel to operate the warship in an operational environment.

When commissioned, the warship will have a ship’s company of approximately 180 personnel and will displace 7,000 tonnes when fully loaded. The ship is 146m long and can travel in excess of 28 knots.

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Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel

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Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel in recognition of the outstanding and tireless work performed by the Future Frigates Branch, 5 employees and one team will be recognised for their achievements.

DEPSEC will be presenting 4 Gold Commendations and GMSHIPS will be presenting 2 Silver Commendations.

The Future Frigates Branch is about to go into tender evaluation which will be an incredibly fast paced, demanding and potentially a very stressful time for staff.

These awards will help motivate, encourage and reassure staff that there efforts and work are appreciated and valued.

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