The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Armidale has undocked in Cairns after completing a servicing and restoration project.

The project, which was conducted at the Norship’s shipyards, invested over A$5m ($3.4m) into the local economy and supported around 100 local jobs.

This is the first of many major maintenance projects coming up over the next two years.

Thales Australia provides ship repair and maintenance services to the Royal Australian Navy.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “Thales Australia will continue to partner with local Australian businesses to maintain this important capability for the navy while growing the local industry workforce.

“The Morrison government is committed to finding new opportunities to support local Cairns jobs and businesses in our defence industry.”

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Other local suppliers included in the project are Alpha Cool for heating ventilation and air conditioning works, Electrotech for electronics, radar and communications systems, Kelly’s Australia for ultra high pressure water blasting service, and Northern Waters for potable water systems.

In addition, Pasma will provide specialist marine electronics repairs, Royal Wolf will offer its container rental services, Tinus Electrical will supply catering equipment, TQN will provide hydraulic systems, Trinity Fire will provide fire control and gas monitoring services, and Far North Fabrication and G.A. Glanville will offer hull repairs and maintenance.

Leichhardt Federal Member Warren Entsch said: “HMAS Armidale’s docking and maintenance period required significant technical expertise provided by 11 local Cairns suppliers delivering over 200 crucial tasks during the project.

“This compliments the significant work undertaken by navy’s Fleet Support Unit and the ship’s crew.

“With a substantial number of local companies qualified to provide expertise for later services, this is a great example of how capable our local defence industry is, and the diverse range of companies taking up opportunities in the defence supply chain.”

The RAN uses HMAS Armidale and her 12 sister Armidale Class Patrol Boats to support Operation Sovereign Borders.