ASC has opened its upgraded submarine maintenance facility in Western Australia, which is expected to improve the efficiency of the maintenance and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) submarine fleet.

The $12.5m redevelopment will enable the co-location of essential facilities and forms part of the company’s continuous enhancement of the RAN’s Collins-class vessel fleet maintenance operations.

A similar upgrade project that was previously conducted at ASC’s South Australian facilities resulted in a 30% improvement in submarine maintenance efficiency.

The new initiative will help ASC improve productivity and reliability through the addition of a maintenance support tower, sky bridge, and various new amenities and office areas.

The developments will also significantly reduce the time that workers spend accessing the submarines under maintenance.

ASC interim chief executive officer Stuart Whiley said: “This major redevelopment at ASC’s Western Australian facility lays a solid foundation for ASC’s future as a key sovereign asset delivering Australia’s submarine capability.

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“It is an exciting development that comes at a time of significant investment and commitment to growing Australia’s future submarine capability by the Federal Government.

"It is an exciting development that comes at a time of significant investment and commitment to growing Australia’s future submarine capability by the Federal Government."

"ASC looks forward to being a key part of delivering that capability growth.”

Additionally, the modernisation investment is expected to benefit hundreds of Australian suppliers, in addition to a network of more than 50 Australian organisations that offer expert advice to the company.

The upgrade follows an agreement by the company and the Australian Defence Department to extend the contract for the sustainment of the Collins-class submarine fleet by a further five years, which initially began on 1 July.

ASC currently employs 400 submarine platform personnel in Western Australia.

Image: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne jointly opened the upgraded submarine maintenance facility at ASC West. Photo: courtesy of ASC.