St Hilliers has successfully completed the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) training systems centre expansion at Randwick Barracks.

The $24m training facility extension has concluded in time for the first navy training course set to begin this week.

A two-storey extension of the current Navy Training Systems Centre has resulted in developing almost 3,500m² of extra floor space.

The new facility would accommodate training for crews of the RAN’s two new Supply Class auxiliary oiler replenishment ships. It will be used by the Military Operational Speciality Code (MOSC) personnel and will house specialist training rooms and equipment.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “The training centre extension includes specialist training rooms and simulators to train navy’s crews in how to operate and maintain the new Supply Class vessels.

“These works are the first to be completed under the Navy Capability Infrastructure sub-programme, which involves approximately $2bn of new facilities and infrastructure works to be delivered across Australia over the next seven years.

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“Under the government’s defence policy for industry participation, St Hilliers was successful in exceeding its 75% target for a local industry participation rate, using local businesses for 84% of the sub-contract work.”

The first supply-class vessel HMAS Supply is scheduled to enter service this year and will reach its full operational capability in 2022.

The second vessel, HMAS Stalwart, is also expected to enter service in 2022.

The two new vessels will replace HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius.

The navy training systems centre was officially opened in 2016.