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Naval Group and ASC sign collaboration agreement on Australian subs

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Shipbuilder ASC has signed a Framework Agreement with Naval Group Australia identifying ways they can work more closely as participants in the Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs.

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The French Naval Group will use the collaboration to leverage ASC’s experience gained from its Collins Program to help ensure the success of the Future Submarine Program, which will see it build 12 Attack class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

The agreement details the terms and conditions of how the two companies will collaborate through separate commercial arrangements for the provision of supplies and services to each other in areas including workforce development, OH&S training and services and supply chain services.

Naval Group Australia and ASC will establish joint working groups to manage the Framework Agreement and identify, develop and recommend other collaboration opportunities.

Naval Group Australia Chief Executive Officer John Davis said the agreement with ASC was a key enabling component of Naval Group’s commitment to design and build 12 Attack class submarines.

“Naval Group and ASC are natural partners,” he said.

“We share common values and are ideally placed to maximise the synergies between the ongoing Collins class sustainment program and the design and build of the Attack class submarines.

“It will support the development of a sovereign submarine capability, providing economic benefits and supporting industrial development to deliver a multi-generational submarine enterprise to Australia.”

South Australia is pivotal in Australia’s plans to regenerate the Royal Australian Navy with new submarines, frigates and offshore patrol vessels. The Attack class submarines will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, which is undergoing a $500 million upgrade.

Osborne Naval Shipyard has been the home of the Air Warfare Destroyer project for more than a decade. The site was also where six Collins Class submarines were built for the Australian Navy and have undergone ongoing sustainment.

“It’s an exciting time for ASC and our people to be working with Naval Group for the Attack Class Submarine program and this agreement will provide Collins Class life-extension program access to Naval Group technology,” ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said.

“With Naval Group and ASC working together, I’m confident that both Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs will deliver for Australia now and in the future.”

The construction and sustainment of the Collins class submarines by ASC since the 1980s has delivered beyond-world benchmark submarine availability to the Royal Australian Navy.

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