Naval Group’s new Port Adelaide base has been officially opened as the move to the Attack Class submarine construction yard gathers momentum.
The Port Adelaide base was officially opened by the Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds in front of more than 200 people and Naval Group Australia staff.
Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said the new facility at Port Adelaide and the Local Manufacturing Package made it a milestone day for Australia and Naval Group.
“The 50-year Attack Class submarine program is already delivering significant benefits to Australia, local industry and local communities,” Davis said. “The opening of our Port Adelaide base is a significant milestone as we continue to build our workforce in preparation for the exciting move to the submarine construction yard at Osborne.
“Over the past few weeks many of our staff have made the transition to these new offices and we are looking forward to embedding ourselves into the Port Adelaide community over the course of our 50-year program."
The new office space will be able to host up to 350 employees and provide access to local amenities including a creche, gym, cafes, shopping centre and other local businesses.
The opening coincided with the launch of Naval Group’s first of many major local manufacturing packages for 23 specialised submarine parts.
This work has been assessed by Naval Group as being worth up to $900 million across the 12 boat fleet.