Over 50 employees from BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, will be on secondment to the UK by the end of 2019, with the aim to bring back an understanding of the Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigates.
BAE said that the knowledge transfer body of work will bring the design, processes, intellectual property, supply chain and knowledge from the Type 26 program to Australia, a "key component of building sovereign shipbuilding capability and continuous naval shipbuilding for future generations".
ASC is delivering the Hunter Class Frigate Program to the Royal Australian Navy, which is based on BAE Systems' Type 26 design.
“ASC Shipbuilding’s knowledge transfer program will make a significant contribution to a sovereign shipbuilding capability for Australia by transferring the knowledge, tools, processes and data needed for continuous naval shipbuilding. It’s also another excellent example of our supply chain working together," ASC Shipbuilding managing director Craig Lockhart said.
“By embedding themselves in Glasgow, where the cutting-edge naval ships business is built on more than 150 years of shipbuilding experience, our employees and our partners will gain a detailed understanding of the know-how and know-why of the Type 26 design and build.
“When they return to Australia, they can take that knowledge and apply it to the Australian context and together with the innovative and agile shipbuilding practices that are already evident in the Osborne Naval Shipyard, they will not only build the nine Hunter Class frigates, but sovereign capability for Australia.”
ASC currently has 38 employees on secondment in Glasgow on assignments varying in length, with a further 16 expected to join them by the end of the year.
Rolls-Royce and Australia-based marine engineering company Taylor Bros have also each seconded an employee to the Type 26 program to "share knowledge about Australian requirements and gain an understanding of what we will inherit".
“We’re delighted that our first secondee, a highly experienced engineer who has been working with our defence engineering team as part of the Amphibious and Afloat Support Group at Sydney’s Garden Island Naval Base, has joined the Australian engineering team at the BAE Systems Scotstoun Yard in Glasgow," Rob Madders, managing director of Rolls-Royce Australia, said.
“Together with BAE Systems Australia, we are committed to transferring experience, knowledge and advanced engineering technology.”