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NAVANTIA AUSTRALIA MANAGING DIRECTOR, FRANSISCO BARÓN
Navantia’s association with Australia began in 2004
at the start of the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer
program. Since establishing a formal presence in
Australia in 2007, Navantia Australia has been involved
in all of Australia’s major shipbuilding activities. From
just two people in 2007, Navantia has grown its
local presence significantly, with over 100 employees
throughout Australia today. We have offices in Canberra,
Adelaide and Sydney and we are scheduled to open a
Naval Engineering Centre in Melbourne in July and our
first Western Australian facility in 2018, achieving a
significant capability and footprint in Australia.
Over the last 10 years we have designed and
developed the Hobart Class, delivering the Royal
Australian Navy (RAN) their most advanced ever
warship. In 2015, we became the lead on the Hobart
Class shipbuilding program through our contract to
provide Shipbuilding Management Services as part
of the AWD Reform program. Since Navantia was
awarded this contract the Hobart Class has achieved
every budget and schedule milestone and most recently
in June 2017 working with the AWD Alliance we
delivered NUSHIP Hobart to Government.
During the last decade we have also designed
and built the two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter
Docks (LHDs), twelve landing craft (LLCs), and
are currently building the RAN’s two replacement
Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels. In the
sustainment side of our business, we have been
supporting the LHDs and LLCs since their delivery
in 2013 and are currently finalising the arrangements
for the Hobart Class. In 2019, following the delivery
of the first AOR, we will be the Prime for sustainment
for both vessels for a five-year timeframe.
The Future Frigate (SEA 5000) program is our major
priority. As a global shipbuilder with more than 300 years
of history this is the most exciting program we could
participate in around the world, given the program’s
focus not only to deliver superior defence capability, but
also provide a competitive and sustainable Australian
sovereign shipbuilding capability.
The Turnbull Government’s approach to shipbuilding
is visionary, based on a solid foundation of the Future
Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel projects with an
investment in infrastructure, training, education and
innovation to support this national endeavour.
We want to continue to be a part of making this
vision a reality. We believe that our relationships with
the Commonwealth, industry, the supply chain, the
tertiary sector and other relevant organisations mean
that a partnership with Navantia Australia is a very
solid way to secure the shipbuilding Industry for the
long term. Navantia has a thorough understanding of
and commitment to how this capability will be built
throughout the program.
We have already been growing and building
partnerships across the naval shipbuilding ecosystem.
We have developed extensive relationships with other
members of Australian industry, from small services
subcontractors through to major companies such as
Raytheon, Saab, CEA and ASC.
Our joint venture arrangement – the Navantia
Sage Automation Group (NSAG) is a collaboration
arrangement between Navantia Australia and the South
Australian company SAGE Automation. It is a partnership
with the purpose of developing a local capability of the
Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). The
IPMS is, or will be, on board seven RAN ships being
operated by 1,500 Royal Australian Navy crew and has
become a discriminator in the control and management
of the vessel having commonality across the RAN fleet.
NSAG will develop the IPMS further in Australia
generating a key local capability and high tech
jobs, delivering significant savings in installation‚
purchasing, training and maintenance costs whilst
creating export opportunities.
Navantia Australia will continue to grow our support
activity in line with our commitment to the Australian
Defence Force (ADF). We anticipate continuing to
enhance our delivery of design, management and
maintenance services to CASG.
There have obviously been significant changes
in Defence over the last two years. Positive results
from the reorganisation of Defence under the First
Principles Review have already begun to be realised.
This includes greater participation of the end user
during the acquisition phase of programs. Combined
with CASG’s engagement, the result is a balanced
approach. We welcome the additional value this brings
to programs through increasing the customer’s wider
participation and expertise.
The appointment of Christopher Pyne as Australia’s
first Defence Industry Minister has also been very
positive and has created an environment for closer
interaction between Defence and industry. Industry
has the opportunity to provide our views on program
and through life stages of programs including
procurement, sustainment, supply chain, technology
and resourcing. This collaborative approach is
refreshing and enables industry to contribute in
the early stages of the development of Australia’s
continuous shipbuilding enterprise.
A mature shipbuilding industry requires not only an
experienced shipyard with design and core management
services, but also a strong supply chain and partners
with the capability to manage any combat system that
the customer may consider. All of these factors are
vital prerequisites for achieving exports. Navantia’s
involvement in the SEA5000 program will significantly
contribute to Australia achieving a shipbuilding industry
with the capability to execute future shipbuilding projects,
including in its own right, export opportunities. The
continuous naval shipbuilding program will provide all
participants in the enterprise access to the international
market, and grow competitiveness.
We are already working to provide export opportunities
for Australian industry. Our bid for the future Canadian
Surface Combatant (CSC) includes CEA Technologies
and Saab Australia as key partners, delivering a strong
case for the Canadian government to consider. Other
future opportunities will be available as the industry
ramps up its capabilities with the experience of the
The shipbuilding industry as an enterprise with
design, management and core skills, together with
the supply chain and combat system capabilities will
have full capacity available for support managing the
needs of the RAN fleet Life Cycle Support to deliver
seaworthiness assets as required to fulfil its missions.
The necessary arrangements are to be put in place
between CASG and Industry to enable to undertake the
sustainment activities effectively.
Navantia Australia Managing Director, Fransisco Barón
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