ASC has signed a contract with Navantia whereby Navantia will provide the Shipbuilding Management Services (SMS) for the AWD Programme.
Since 2007, Navantia has been working in three important programmes for the ADF, namely the Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), and the LHD Landing Craft (LLC), under different contractual schemes to deliver to the best of its ability.
This contract is part of the AWD Reform Strategy commenced by the Government in 2014, to which Navantia will bring significant experience in AWDs for supporting ASC in building the AWDs.
Navantia is fully committed in delivering this key capability to the Royal Australian Navy, as it has already done with the two LHDs, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide, this last unit being commissioned into the RAN on 4 December.
Navantia has a significant capability in Australia, which jointly with the company’s Technical Operation Centre (also located in Adelaide) will be a valuable asset for future shipbuilding activities in Australia, providing the required expertise to face the future projects.
Navantia is fully committed to Australia and will contribute to naval projects as far as possible within its proven capacity and ability to supply.
Navantia looks forward to working with the Commonwealth and industry even more closely than before, to achieving the unanimous programme goals.