The Australian government announced on 11 December a plan to move 200 workers employed by state-owned shipyard ASC from its programme to build Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to its project to sustain the service’s Collins-class submarines.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the move is intended to boost the “size and skills” of the country’s naval shipbuilders during the coming decade. The 200 ASC employees were previously expected to be cut from the company’s workforce as the AWD project winds down.
“Over the next 10 years, the size and skill level of the naval shipbuilding workforce will need to increase significantly to meet the demands of the various shipbuilding programmes,” said Pyne.
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