Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price have confirmed the launch of the new Underwater Collision Research Facility (UCRF) at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.
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The UCRF is a joint initiative between Defence Science and Technology and the University of Tasmania, and will support Australia’s national shipbuilding capability.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the facility is a key part of the University of Tasmania’s Maritime Defence Innovation and Design Precinct.
"The Underwater Collision Research Facility is an exciting new development which will provide us with a better understanding of the impact of underwater collisions," Minister Reynolds said.
The AMC and University of Tasmania are already supporting the Australian Defence Force and defence industry, providing innovative research and development to support Defence capability.
Minister Reynolds added, "Researchers will look at ways of improving ship and submarine design which will keep our Navy crews safer by improving the safety of our submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles."
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price congratulated Defence Science Technology and the University of Tasmania on their partnership in this project.
"The UCRF is an excellent example of the unique facilities developed at the Australian Maritime College. The facility provides an important maritime research capability in Tasmania and will work with researchers not only just here in Australia, but internationally as well," Minister Price said.
Under a collaborative research agreement, Defence Science and Technology funded the purchase of equipment and the university provided the building capital works and support infrastructure to house the facility at its Newnham campus.
The growing maritime, defence, marine and offshore sectors are an exciting and strategic area of growth for AMC and the University of Tasmania.
AMC is a strategic partner in the Naval Shipbuilding College, where it collaborates with industry, government and academia to deliver the expertise and workforce required for Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding program.