The Royal Australian Navy has opened a centralised warfighting agency, the Maritime Warfare Centre, to improve the lethality of the navy during conflict.

By amalgamating the Royal Australian Navy Test and Evaluation Authority (RANTEA) and Australian Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC) into a centralised body, the new centre will offer support to the existing and future capabilities to fight and win at sea.

The merger will also take navy warfighting to the next level.

Maritime Warfare Centre director Captain David Frost said that the agency will provide expanded test and evaluation, tactical development and operational analysis throughout the capability life cycle.

Frost added: “The First Principles Review and the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise has driven (the) navy to re-think how they provide warfighting support.

“Continuous shipbuilding requires continuous design, testing, and tactical development, and (the) navy is evolving to meet this challenge.”

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Located at Garden Island in Sydney, the new warfighting agency will enable the Australian Navy to be prepared to cater to the demands of a rapidly growing modern Navy in partnership with Defence and Industry.

Frost further noted that new Test and Tactics Development teams will be in place to support Navy Programs from inception to completion.

These teams will plan, collect and analyse data that will inform critical decisions with respect to current and future systems.

In partnership with agencies, warfare programme and operational analysis teams will develop plans across sea control, littoral, integrated air and missile defence and information warfare domains.

“These plans are expected to ensure the right systems are tested at the right time to support the right decisions,” Frost added.

Recently, St Hilliers completed the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) $24m training systems centre expansion at Randwick Barracks.