The Australian Department of Defence has awarded a contract extension to shipbuilding company ASC for the delivery of training services.

ASC has been re-engaged to provide training services in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Collins-class submarine programme under the latest deal.

The new contract is set to run for an initial period of five years and will also include two optional three-year extensions.

"ASC has proven their ability to deliver the required services and continue to innovate with navy to develop and implement the latest in learner-centred training technologies."

According to Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne, the agreement will help to ensure that all the submariners on-board the Collins-class submarines possess the required skills and knowledge to operate the vessels safely and effectively.

Payne said: “ASC has been a trusted partner for over 25 years in delivering submariner training at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling.

“This important training continuum ensures Australia’s submarine capability is fully supported by a steady supply of highly qualified personnel.

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“ASC has proven their ability to deliver the required services and continue to innovate with navy to develop and implement the latest in learner-centred training technologies.

“The advanced learning environment, including virtual reality and simulation, delivered by ASC provides submariners the skills and confidence to take on the demanding roles in a submarine.”

ASC will be committed to providing the Australian Navy with services such as operator, maintainer and operational training for all submariners throughout their careers as part of the latest contract extension.

The Collins-class submarine project was established in 1982 and is intended to deliver six new indigenously built submarines for the RAN.

The new non-nuclear powered vessels are being supplied in order to replace the Australian Navy’s current Oberon-class submarines.