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Anzac frigates upgrade sees new talent recruited

HMAS Parramatta undocking after her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The BAE Systems Australia Henderson facility has welcomed new apprentices to its team, which will work on upgrading and sustaining Australia’s Anzac frigate fleet.

The seven new additions, selected out of 200 applicants, will partake in the upgrade program to the Anzac frigates, which includes improvements to engines, propulsion, lighting, heating, cooling and communications, air surveillance radar replacement, torpedo self-defence, Nulka enhancements, and improved on-board training.

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HMAS Arunta is the first ship to be docked at the Henderson facility as part of the $2 billion Anzac Mid-life Capability Assurance Program.

The new team members will also work on commercial maritime vessels and a variety of energy and resource projects.

The selected apprentices are aged from 17 to 34 and come from a range of backgrounds and experience, and will now undertake roles in electrical and boiler making.

BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan said the company's investment in local talent reflects its commitment to growing the Henderson business.

"We employ a number of local apprentices annually as part of our efforts to advance the next generation of employees," Costigan said.

"The skills that this cohort of trainees will gain will be invaluable and the opportunities beyond are endless for these potential leaders in the business."

BAE Systems has bids out for three major projects; AIR 2025 Phase 2, LAND 400 Phase 2 and SEA 5000, all of which are expected to be decided within the first half of the year.

The defence prime is currently supporting the Guided Missile Destroyers, the Anzac Class frigates, the Landing Helicopter Dock ships, the Adelaide Class frigates and the hydrographic fleet.

Anzac frigates upgrade sees new talent recruited
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