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Shipbuilding

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO and OPV employees Kane Ramsay and Lauren Pitman at Keel Laying Ceremony for the lead vessel.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO and OPV employees Kane Ramsay and Lauren Pitman at Keel Laying Ceremony for the lead vessel.

ASC continued to strengthen its role as Australia’s proven builder of major warships with the successful delivery of the Hobart Class AWD Program, in collaboration with its Alliance partners, as well as ASC’s strong performance on the build of the lead and second Arafura Class OPVs, under contract with Prime, Luerssen Australia.

ASC has maintained strong performance as the shipbuilder for the AWD Program, meeting all scheduled milestones since the last quarter of 2015. Together with the Alliance partners, both the lead and second AWDs, HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane, have been commissioned into service, with the third ship due for Provisional Acceptance in early 2020.

ASC’s construction of the lead and second OPVs has progressed well and in line with baselined targets. The lead vessel has celebrated its formal Keel Laying ceremony, while construction has now commenced on the second vessel. Work on the program has benefitted from lessons learnt from the AWD Program.

Following the structural separation of ASC in December 2018, ASC Shipbulding became a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia to deliver the Hunter Class Frigates. ASC Pty Ltd engages the ASC Shipbuilding workforce under contract, to successfully deliver ASC’s shipbuilding programs.

Air Warfare Destroyer Program

ASC remains responsible for the delivery of the AWDs, as the lead shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Program. Since the company’s separation in December 2018, ASC engages the ASC Shipbuilding workforce under contract, to successfully deliver the AWD program. During the reporting period, HMAS Brisbane was successfully commissioned into service (27 October 2018) and progress continues on the final AWD, future destroyer Sydney, to support its Provisional Acceptance in early 2020.

Ship 03 – Future destroyer Sydney
2018/19 highlights for Ship 03 included;

  • Main engine and gas turbine light off milestones complete;
  • Introduction of a revised paint scheme; and
  • Aviation Upgrade Program (AUP); Ship 03 upgrade commenced (increased ASC scope through implementation of MH-60R Romeo helicopter capability upgrades).


Following its official launch in May 2018, entering the water at 81 percent complete, construction activities continued to progress rapidly, yielding the results of advanced outfitting improvement initiatives which were introduced to the build sequence as a result of lessons learnt on the first two ships.

Work in this period saw the achievement of a range of critical milestones and AUP upgrade work ahead of schedule, which has allowed for the planning of sea trial activities to be undertaken in Q3 2019, in preparation for Provisional Acceptance of Ship 03 in early 2020.

Offshore Patrol Vessel Program

As the shipbuilder of the lead and second OPVs, under contract to Prime contractor, Luerssen Australia, ASC commenced the build for both vessels during the 2018/19 financial year.

The lead vessel celebrated is official Keel Laying ceremony in May 2019, with the production of the second vessel commencing in June 2019.

OPV Lead vessel
2018/19 highlights for the lead Arafura Class OPV included;

  • Commencement of construction;
  • Keel laying; and
  • Commencement of block consolidation.