Australian Submarine Corporation’s (ASC) new $120m shipyard, which will be the construction site for Australia’s biggest defence project, the $8bn Hobart Class air warfare destroyer (AWD) programme, has been officially opened at Osborne, South Australia.

Royal Australian Naval Reserve chairman Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie said that the shipyard represents a significant investment in Australia’s naval future.

“The shipyard incorporates the latest production design features currently utilised in international naval build programmes,” he said

The state-of-the-art shipyard features dedicated AWD production facilities, new office accommodation for 400 employees, a wharf support building with office space and workshops, and a significant upgrade to existing facilities.

ASC’s 14ha shipyard is part of Techport Australia and is located at Osborne, South Australia, adjacent to ASC’s submarine maintenance facilities and the South Australian Government’s common user facility.