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.
Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy
SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement
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.
Guide Missile Destroyer future HMAS Hobart arrives in Sydney
Soon to be HMAS Hobart arrives In Sydney Harbour
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.
Naval Group Appoints Executive Director for the Australian future submarine program
Jean-Michel Billig has been appointed Naval Group’s Executive Director to work with the Commonwealth of Australia on the Australian Future Submarine Program. Member of the Naval Group Executive Committee, he joined the company in May 2017 as special advisor to Hervé Guillou, President and CEO.
The Australian federal government has selected Naval Group as its partner to design and build twelve future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. In his role as Naval Group’s Executive Director, Jean-Michel Billig will be responsible for working with the Commonwealth of Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia (the combat system integrator) in finalising all the contractual and industrial provisions that will underpin the success of the program. Meanwhile, the Australian and American teams continue to settle into Cherbourg to commence the future submarine design studies
From 2015 to 2017, Jean-Michel Billig was CEO of Zodiac Seats and member of the Executive Committee of Zodiac Aerospace. Between 2012 and 2015, he joined Renault Group (Renault, Dacia, Samsung) as Executive Vice President Engineering and Quality and was a member of the executive committee. Prior to that, he spent most of his career in the EADS Group, now known as Airbus. From 2009 to 2012, he was responsible for the technical management of Eurocopter, which later became Airbus Helicopters, and was a member of the executive committee. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Systems Engineering at Airbus. Previously, and over a period of five years, from 2003 to 2007, he was appointed director at Airbus Military on behalf of France for the European A400M multipurpose military transport aircraft programme. Jean-Michel started his career in 1988 at the then Aerospatiale (now Airbus Group) in several project-management functions working on programmes such as the Franco-German Tigre attack helicopter.
Jean-Michel Billig was born in 1963 and is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He is also a Commander in the French Naval Reserve.
About Naval Group
Naval Group is a European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energies. As an international high-tech company, Naval Group uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its clients’ requirements. The Group designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. In addition, the Group offers a wide range of marine renewable energy solutions. Attentive to corporate social responsibility, Naval Group adheres to the United Nations Global Compact. The Group reports revenues of €3.2 billion and has a workforce of 12,800 employees (2016 data).