Lockheed Martin and Naval Group (formerly DCNS) have announced the opening of Australia's Future Submarine Office in Cherbourg, France.
The office will employ submarine designers, naval architects and engineers, who are set to work together on Australia's Future Submarine Program (SEA1000).
This tripartite secure facility will be named 'Hughes House' in honour of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) AO rear admiral 'Oscar' Hughes.
Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand chief executive Vince Di Pietro AM said: "This office will provide a collaboration space for the Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia to work closely with our Australian Government partners to provide the best possible submarine fleet to provide protection for Australia's trade and assure the nation's maritime security."
The SEA1000 initiative aims to deliver an affordable and regionally superior conventional submarine capability to Australia.
It is said to be the country's largest defence procurement programme to date and represents an investment of $50bn in Australia’s security, according to a statement posted on Australia’s Department of Defence.
Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver a fleet of 12 regionally superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy as part of the programme.
Construction on the 12 new submarines is set to be carried out between 2040 and 2050.
More than 50 Australian employees will join Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia to support the project, in order to assist the development of a mature design for the future submarine.