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ASC has proudly served the frontline of Australia’s naval defence capability for 35 years.

Over the last 35 years, ASC has proudly served the frontline of Australia’s naval defence capability as the nation’s only sovereign-owned submarine and naval shipbuilding company.

ASC Pty Ltd is a proprietary limited company registered under the Corporations Act 2001. ASC is owned by the Australian Government and represented by the Minister for Finance, (Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann).

Established in 1985 at Osborne, South Australia (SA), ASC was chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of Australia’s first locally designed and manufactured submarine.

ASC has provided training services to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) through the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia (WA) since 1992.

At the conclusion of the six Collins Class submarine (CCSM) build program in 2003, ASC was awarded the contract for through-life support, maintenance and design upgrades of the submarines.

In 2004, ASC changed its name and corporate identity from ‘Australian Submarine Corporation’ to ASC Pty Ltd, to better reflect its shipbuilding endeavours and its future business.

Submarine coming out of ASC's Maintenance Support Tower

In 2005, following a competitive tender, the Australian Government selected ASC as the shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program as part of the AWD Alliance. The first AWD, HMAS Hobart, was delivered in 2017, providing the RAN with its most advanced and complex

The second, HMAS Brisbane, was delivered in 2018 and the third, HMAS Sydney, in March 2020.

HMAS Sydney is fitted with additional modifications to accommodate the MH-60R Romeo helicopter and ‘close-in’ weapons systems, making it Australia’s most lethal warship.

The delivery of the third AWD in 2020 marked the end of yet another successful Australian shipbuilding program.

In 2017, ASC Shipbuilding was awarded the role of SA Shipbuilder for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). ASC entered into a contract with prime contractor and designer, Luerssen Australia, for the construction of the first two vessels, Arafura and Eyre.

In June 2018, ASC Shipbuilding was announced as the shipbuilder for the Hunter Class Frigates following a competitive tender process. The structural separation of ASC Shipbuilding from ASC Pty Ltd occurred in December 2018, with ASC Shipbuilding becoming a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia.

In the same year, ASC became the first Australian defence company to achieve asset management certification under global standard ISO 55001, which represents international best practice for the management of complex physical assets.

ASC’s 1,300-strong workforce is based across two states, at ASC North in Osborne, SA and at ASC West, in Henderson and Garden Island, in WA. More recently, up to 30 ASC submarine platform experts were seconded to the Australian Government’s Future Submarine Technical Office (FSTO).


To be an enduring and integral part
of Australia’s maritime strategy and
national security.


To be a trusted and efficient partner
with sovereign design, build and
sustainment capabilities, driving best
value for our customers.

Values and Behaviours

ASC employees aspire to a set of values
and exhibit corresponding behaviours,
which are the guiding principles that
define how we conduct our business
and what we stand for as a company.

  • Safety
  • Service
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Results
  • Innovation