22 Nov 2013
At the end of 2012, then Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and then Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced a new facility for testing submarine systems, including propulsion, energy and integration technology, would be based in Adelaide. Fast forward and industry is helping the Sea 1000 program office bring the facility requirements together.
27 Sep 2013
The future of the RAN’s trouble-prone Remora submarine rescue vessel will be determined in the near future, with strong indications that its return to service is unlikely given the success to date of Navy’s current contractor-provided submarine escape and rescue capability.
17 May 2013
I wouldn’t normally write something like this for ADM but I thought the experience had to be shared. I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours on board HMAS Sheean with a shattered crew who had just finished their return to service trials.
Recognising the challenges ahead in managing the transition from the Collins class to the Sea 1000 future submarine, Sean Williams, Head of Engineering Strategy for Babcock Pty Ltd, looks at the approach being taken in the UK where similar challenges are being addressed.
07 Jan 2013
The UK’s Astute class submarines have had their well publicised issues for both technology and schedule, not unlike the Collins class. And like the Collins class, there is a replacement already on the drawing board.
The opaque process by which information is being gathered and analysed to inform government on the broad options for Australia’s Future Submarine program is moving into areas of greater detail,
boosted in part by the $214 million allocated to Sea 1000 in the May budget.
In May, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced a range of detailed scoping studies in support of the Future Submarine program. The announcement flagged the spending of $214 million on detailed analysis to better inform the Government on the design of the new boats.
04 Jan 2013
Many of the current missions of Australia’s submarine fleet are classified. But by looking at the successes of past fleets in Australia, their future importance cannot be underestimated.
09 Oct 2012
When the Collins submarines work, they are a world-class capability. The issue has always been getting the reliability issue sorted on a platform that was not built with sustainment in mind. The new In Service Support Contract (ISSC) is aiming to change that.
15 Aug 2012
In what appears to be something of a ‘first article’ trial, the two periscopes for one Collins submarine are being updated from analogue to digital systems.
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