Naval Group Australia has announced it will open a new $25 million office in Port Adelaide as the company prepares for the move to the Attack Class submarine construction yard.
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The announcement came as Naval Group Australia welcomed its 250th employee as part of its rapid ramp up of staff for the multibillion-dollar SEA 1000 Attack Class submarine program.
Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said that the new facility would be opened in the coming months, "With our workforce rapidly expanding we need an additional base as we prepare for the move to the submarine construction yard at Osborne."
Naval Group Australia has embarked on an aggressive recruiting campaign with the workforce expected to increase to over 1,700 direct jobs in 2028 with many more indirect jobs being created through the life of the program.
Davis added, "Port Adelaide – with its strong heritage of waterfront industry and proximity to both Osborne and our Keswick office – is the perfect place for this new base.
"With more than 250 people now employed by Naval Group Australia, our local workforce is growing and we are seeing the benefits of this exciting program to the local community."
The new office space will be able to host up to 350 employees and provide access to local amenities including a creche, gym, cafés, shopping centre and other local businesses.
The Attack Class submarines will be delivered as part of the $50 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine program. Naval Group build 12 regionally-superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy.
Naval Group's successful Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the new Attack Class, is a conventionally-powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.
Lockheed Martin will provide the AN/BYG-1 Combat control System, which provides an open-architecture submarine combat control system for analysing and tracking submarine and surface-ship contacts, providing situational awareness as well as the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.
The 12 vessels will be built by Naval Group at a specialist submarine shipyard at Osborne, South Australia. The Commonwealth government’s Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) program will support the development of the future submarine shipyards.
The Commonwealth government formally signed the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with Naval Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.
The Attack Class will enter service with the RAN at a time when 50 per cent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region.