Shipbuilders descend upon Australia

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Australia is gearing up for a convergence of shipbuilders and ship designers that are due to hit our shores over the course of February.

Austal Limited are hosting a presentation and tour of their groundbreaking headquarters on 16 February.

Andrew Malcolm, vice president, strategy and commercial development of Austal Limited, will be hosting the presentation and tour of the headquarters in Henderson, Western Australia.

SME and prime business leaders will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the international company and discover what makes Austal such an innovative shipbuilder with a track record of success that spans the commercial and defence sectors worldwide.

Navantia Australia is also heading to Australian shores after announcing they are seeking to engage with partners from Australian industry for the Future Frigate SEA 5000 program, which will introduce the next generation of naval surface combatants into service.

Navantia will be  holding a number of forums across the country to explain how primes, SMEs and others in the industry can get involved.

The industry days will begin in Perth on 23 February and continue around the country in Melbourne on 15 March, Adelaide on 20 March, Sydney on 24 March and Brisbane on 27 April.

Navantia is one of the companies currently involved in the Future Frigate competitive evaluation process, along with BAE Systems and Fincantieri.

The Italian Navy's FREMM ASW frigate Carabiniére, built by SEA 5000 contender Fincantieri, will arrive in Adelaide on 5 February, on its way to Fremantle, WA after conducting naval exercises with the Royal Australian Navy.

Dutch company Damen have just concluded their visit to Australian waters after meeting with South Australian Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and South Australian defence industry representatives about the first pass approval for the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.

Damen is one of the three companies that the government has selected for the OPV program, along with two German companies, Fassmer and Lürssen.

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