Australian entities renew submarine support arrangement

20 September 2018

Australian shipbuilder ASC has renewed an agreement with the government’s DST Group in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines. Source: Commonwealth of Australia

Australian shipbuilder ASC and the government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group have signed an agreement to facilitate continued collaboration on supporting Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines.

State-owned ASC said in a press release on 18 September that the agreement will be focused on providing maintenance and sustainment support for the RAN’s fleet of six Collins-class submarines, which were commissioned from the mid-1990s and are expected to remain in service until the early 2040s.

The new agreement follows on from a similar accord announced in 2013.

Stuart Whiley, the CEO of ASC, said, “As the builder, design authority and maintainer of the Collins-class fleet… ASC’s partnerships with subject matter experts and research organisations are a high priority.” He added that the agreement will provide “further benefits… across ASC’s responsibilities in submarine maintenance, sustainment, upgrades, and life-of-type extension”.

ASC said that since signing the original agreement with the DST Group, which operates under the Australian Department of Defence, the two organisations have collaborated across several areas in support of the Collins-class submarines.

These include: submarine structures, including a new hull-welding technique; materials, including main motor banding refurbishment; hydrodynamics; signatures, including radar absorbing materials on submarine masts; and improving diesel engine performance and condition monitoring.

The new agreement was announced one month after the Australian DoD re-contracted ASC to provide training services in support of the Collins-class submarines.

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