Joint Media Release

ASC Opens Upgraded Facilities in Western Australia

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Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Defence Industry 
Leader of the House
Member for Sturt

31 July 2017

Upgraded facilities at ASC in Henderson, Western Australia will increase the efficiency of the maintenance and sustainment of Australia’s submarine fleet, increasing the number of days that submarines are available for use by the Royal Australian Navy.

The $13 million upgrade enables the co-location of essential facilities, which will deliver a significant increase in the efficiency of submarine maintenance activities. A similar upgrade at ASC’s South Australian facilities led to a 30 per cent improvement in submarine maintenance efficiency.

This investment in submarine availability will also benefit to hundreds of Australian suppliers as well as a network of more than 50 Australian organisations providing expert advice to ASC.

ASC currently employs 400 highly skilled and experienced submarine platform personnel in Western Australia.

Western Australia plays a significant role in Australia’s defence industry. This commitment to maintaining Australia’s Collins Class submarine capability comes on top of the Government’s announcement in February of a $100 million investment in naval related industrial infrastructure and sustainment in WA from 2017 to 2020.

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Media Contact(s): 

Minister Cormann: Karen Wu - 0428 350 139
Minister Pyne: Rory Grant - 0439 764 809