Air Warfare Destroyer Project Benefiting Victoria

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Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science


Federal Member for Gellibrand

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Air Warfare Destroyer project benefiting Victoria

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, and Nicola Roxon,

Member for Gellibrand, announced today that full production of Australia’s

three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) is now underway at the

BAE Shipyard in Williamstown Victoria, bringing with it jobs to the local area.

At an event at the shipyard in Williamstown, Minister Combet said production

was now underway at three shipyards across Australia:  At Forgacs Group in

Newcastle, BAE Systems Australia in Melbourne and ASC in Adelaide.

“This is an important milestone for the project and equally important for the

local community at Williamstown,” Mr Combet said

“The AWD Alliance will fabricate 31 blocks for each ship at three shipyards: 

Nine blocks at ASC in Adelaide, 12 blocks at BAE Systems in Melbourne and

10 blocks at Forgacs in Newcastle.  BAE Systems are fabricating the

complex-shaped keel blocks of the warships.

“In 12 months the completed blocks will be shipped to Adelaide for

consolidation into the complete warship.  The first block to arrive in Adelaide

next year will come from the BAE Systems shipyard.”

Nicola Roxon, the Federal Member for Gellibrand, said more than 400 people

are involved in AWD block production at the BAE Systems shipyard.

“The shipyard currently employs 17 apprentices, with another 23 planned to

be recruited over the next two years. These are exciting opportunities for

young Australians,” Ms Roxon said.

“The $300 million contract awarded to BAE Systems represents a major boost

to the local economy and the benefits will flow for many years to come.”

Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet):

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Libby Muir (Nicola Roxon):

03 9317 7077

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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