Replacement Replenishment Vessels

The Government has signed contracts with Navantia S.A. to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships, avoiding a critical capability gap.

Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success will reach its end of life in 2021 and needs to be replaced as a matter of priority.

As part of the $640 million contract with Navantia more than $130 million will go to Australian industry.

Local industry activity will include Combat and Communication Systems integration, Integrated Logistics Support, and elements of the onboard cranes.


Contract signed for replacement Pacific Patrol Boats

The Turnbull Government today signed a contract with Austal Ships Pty Ltd to build and sustain up to 21 steel-hulled vessels to replace the existing fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.

As part of the $280 million (ex-GST) contract, Austal will design and construct the first 19 vessels in Henderson, securing more than 120 jobs for Western Australia.


Land 40 Phase 2 removed from Projects of Concern list

Joint release with the Minister for Defence Materiel, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP

LAND 40 Phase 2, the Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher project, has been removed from the Projects of Concern list.

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the project has been on the list since December 2012, however is now well positioned to deliver an important capability to the Australian Defence Force.

“The removal of this project demonstrates that the Projects of Concern process is working.” Senator Payne said.


Additional support for Fiji

Joint release with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP

Today we announce a further package of assistance to support Fiji in its reconstruction efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Australian Government will provide an additional $20 million to rebuild critical infrastructure and increase resilience to natural disasters.

Australian funding will support the rebuilding of schools and medical clinics and restoration of water and sanitation services.


Continuous Naval Shipbuilding

Joint release with the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP

The Turnbull Government is securing a sustainable long-term Australian naval shipbuilding industry.

Today the Government is announcing the build locations for 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels and up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats, in addition to nine Future Frigates previously announced.


Visit to West Australian Defence bases

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Durack, Melissa Price MP, today visited Defence’s West Australian Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt, which is set to gain a highly advanced Space Surveillance Telescope.

“The telescope will soon be moved from its current location in the United States to a new purpose built Australian facility near Exmouth, Western Australia,” Minister Payne said.

“Over the next four years, as part of Government’s White Paper commitment, the new facility will be built and the telescope relocated.”


Minister meets with Western Australian Defence Industry Council

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today met with the Western Australian Defence Industry Council to discuss the opportunities for local industry in the delivery of the plans outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

The Minister met with a number of large and small Defence industry businesses and state and local government representatives to discuss how they can work with Defence and the Federal Government to deliver the innovative solutions the Australian Defence Force requires.


Ministers visit the Brisbane-based 7th Combat Brigade

Joint release with the Assistant Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Jane Prentice MP

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, together with Federal Member for Ryan, the Hon Jane Prentice MP this morning visited the Australian Army’s Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera, Queensland.

Senator Payne and Mrs Prentice met with the men and women of the Brisbane-based 7th Combat Brigade and their families over a BBQ breakfast.

Senator Payne said it was a pleasure to spend time with members of the Australian Army.


Ex-HMA ships Tobruk and Sydney to be offered as dive wrecks

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced that the decommissioned vessels, ex-HMA Ships Tobruk and Sydney, will be offered to the States and Territories for the creation of dive wrecks.

After decades of invaluable service in the Royal Australian Navy, Tobruk and Sydney were decommissioned in July 2015 and November 2015 respectively.

Tobruk was used extensively during regional peacekeeping and humanitarian operations as well as border protection in Northern Australia.



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