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A MAJOR BOOST FOR
One of the world’s leading shipbuilders, Luerssen,
has unveiled plans to establish its Australian office
in the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson
WA to service the growing Asia-Pacific market.
In a major boost for Australian manufacturing,
the more than 140-year-old German company
will team up with Henderson-based Forgacs
(Civmec) and ASC to establish an Australian naval
Using the world’s most advanced shipbuilding
technology, Luerssen has built over 550 high-quality
naval vessels for the German Navy and many other
customers worldwide, including in the Asia-Pacific.
Chief executive and fourth-generation family
member Peter Luerssen said Australia had the
potential to become a world force in shipbuilding,
supplying high quality vessels to both the domestic
and regional market.
“With our partners Luerssen Australia will
develop a regional export hub to capture the
significant opportunities that are emerging in Asia-
Pacific,” Mr Luerssen said.
“We have every expectation that Luerssen
Australia will forge a new Australian naval
shipbuilding capability, supplying Australian-made
ships backed by more than 140 years of German
The official announcement of Luerssen Australia’s
new office will be made at a function to be attended
by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan,
Senator Chris Back representing Minister for Defence
Industry Hon Christopher Pyne and leading members
of the Perth business community.
Luerssen is one of three shortlisted bidders for the
Royal Australian Navy’s SEA1180 Phase 1 Offshore
Patrol Vessel Project.
Mr Luerssen said the partnership with ASC
and Forgacs (Civmec) would provide a boost
for Australian suppliers, particularly small-
and medium-sized enterprises who will have
unprecedented opportunities to tap into a genuinely
international supply chain.
“We will be working with our partners ASC and
Forgacs (Civmec) to establish this Australian
shipbuilding and ship design capability,” Mr
The German shipbuilder is particularly excited
to be partnering with Henderson-based Civmec,
which is investing more than $80 million to extend
its Henderson manufacturing facility which once
completed will be an 18-storey building with a gross
floor area of 53,000 square metres. The undercover
facility will big enough to house air warfare
destroyers, frigates and OPVs.
“ASC and Forgacs have incredible shipbuilding
pedigree. Forgacs parent Civmec handles some of
the world’s most complex manufacturing projects,”
Mr Luerssen said.
Luerssen will have its office in the Australian
Marine Complex Technology Precinct next to the
Jackovich Centre in Henderson.
Built by Luerrsen - (foreground) Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Darulaman (PV 08)
Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins (Released)
BAE SYSTEMS LAUNCHES
AUDACIOUS - THE FOURTH
– 28 April 2017 –
The 97-metre long, 7,400 tonne highly capable
nuclear powered submarine which was officially
named at a ceremony in December last year. Will
Blamey, BAE Systems Submarines Managing
Director, said: "Today's launch marks an
important milestone in the Astute programme and
demonstrates our pride in building submarines for
the Royal Navy. Audacious enters the water in a
more advanced state of build than any previous
Astute class submarine, which puts us in a good
position for the next phase of work - the testing and
commissioning of her complex systems.
"Designing and building a nuclear-powered
submarine is extremely challenging and today's
launch is yet another reminder of the unique skills
required to deliver such complex programmes.
We now look forward to working alongside
Audacious' crew to prepare her for sea trials,
before she joins her sister submarines in service
with the Royal Navy."
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Submarines Rear
Admiral John Weale said: “It’s an exciting moment
to see Audacious enter the water for the first time
ahead of trials. Such a feat of engineering is
testament to the skills of the BAE Systems workforce
in Barrow. As part of an increasingly capable Royal
Navy, Audacious will go on to serve on operations
right around the world, helping keep Britain safe.”
Armed with Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk
land attack missiles, the Astute class submarines
are the most highly-capable submarines ever built
for the Royal Navy. They can strike at targets up to
1,000km from the coast with pin-point accuracy,
are equipped with a world-leading sonar capability
and powered by a nuclear reactor. The first three
submarines in the class, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush
and HMS Artful, are now in service with the final
three Astute class submarines are at various stages
of construction at the Barrow site.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor in the
Astute programme and the UK's only designer and
builder of nuclear powered submarines - one of
the world’s most complex engineering challenges.
The Company is also the industrial lead for the
Dreadnought programme, the Royal Navy's
next generation of nuclear deterrent submarines.
Construction of the first of four submarines,
named Dreadnought, began last year.
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