The government has announced the formal signing of a Framework Agreement between Naval Group Australia and ASC.
The Framework Agreement identifies ways Naval Group Australia and ASC would collaborate for the provision of supplies and services to each other to support Australia’s sovereign submarine capability.
"Naval Group and ASC are natural partners,” John Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group Australia, said. “We share common values and are ideally placed to maximise the synergies between the ongoing Collins Class sustainment program and the design and build of the Attack Class submarines.
"This innovative collaboration with ASC is a key enabling component of Naval Group’s commitment to design and build 12 Attack class submarines. It will support the development of a sovereign submarine capability, providing economic benefits and supporting industrial development to deliver a multi-generational submarine enterprise to Australia."
“It’s an exciting time for ASC and our people to be working with Naval Group for the Attack Class Submarine program and this agreement will provide Collins Class life-extension program access to Naval Group technology," ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said.
“The Framework Agreement includes workforce development such as training apprentices, occupational health and safety training and services, as well as helping Naval Group tap into ASC’s existing supply chain,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said.
“ASC Submarines has an important and enduring role in the success of Australia's sovereign submarine capability.
“This Framework Agreement is a great early step to ensure ASC Submarines has a role in delivering the Attack class as well as sustaining our existing Collins class fleet.”
“Today’s signing of the Framework Agreement demonstrates the close cooperation needed to grow the submarine workforce for many decades to come.”