Defence has re-engaged ASC to continue to deliver the RAN's training services for the Collins class submarines.
The services include operator, maintainer and operational training for all submariners throughout their submarine career.
ASC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said he looks forward to continuing the longstanding and collaborative partnership with the Royal Australian Navy and its submariners.
“ASC is committed to working closely with Navy to ensure submarine crews have the skills and knowledge to operate the Collins Class submarines safely and effectively,” Whiley said. “As part of our training offering, ASC uses innovative training techniques such virtual reality and simulation in order to enhance submarine familiarity and maintenance proficiency.”
“We’re proud to play a role in firstly building the Collins Class submarines, now maintaining and upgrading them, and also training the crews that sail on them.”
Minister for Defence Marise Payne said the contract ensures all submarine crews will have the skills and knowledge to operate the Collins Class submarines safely and effectively.
“ASC has been a trusted partner for over 25 years in delivering submariner training at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling,” Minister Payne said.
“This important training continuum ensures Australia’s submarine capability is fully supported by a steady supply of highly qualified personnel. ASC has proven their ability to deliver the required services and continue to innovate with Navy to develop and implement the latest in learner-centred training technologies.
“The advanced learning environment, including virtual reality and simulation, delivered by ASC provides submariners the skills and confidence to take on the demanding roles in a submarine.”
The contract is for an initial period of five years, with two possible extensions of three years each.
ASC has been readying Australia’s submarine crews since the inception of the Collins Class submarine training program. The company has trained more than 1100 submariners since 1993.