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An historic milestone in SA’s naval shipbuilding history


Ship 1 of the Air Warfare Destroyer program, Hobart, was provisionally handed over to the Royal Australian Navy at a ceremony at Osborne today.

The milestone celebrates how far South Australia has come in its naval shipbuilding capabilities since the State Government decided to underpin its bid for the $8 billion AWD program by building a shiplift and common user facility at Techport.

That led to the Federal Government’s decision in May 2005 to build the AWDs in SA.

Three ships - HobartBrisbane and Sydney - are being developed under the program. Work on ship 1 started in 2011, ship 2 in 2014 and ship 3 in 2015.

The project is being delivered by the AWD Alliance which is made up of the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, lead shipbuilder ASC Pty Ltd and mission systems integrator Raytheon Australia. Spanish shipbuilder Navantia brought an experienced shipbuilding management team to the AWD Alliance.

Image Caption: The success of the AWD program demonstrates SA’s ability to swiftly build a workforce and industry capable of successfully building complex warships.

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