Sod turning signals start for new submarine escape and rescue capability

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4 June 2020

Work has begun on a new purpose built facility at Henderson in Western Australia which will house the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Rescue System.

The capability is a key part of the Liberal National Government’s new sovereign air transportable Submarine Rescue Service, which will support the men and women serving in Navy submarines.

Turning the first sod on the new site today, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the new system is being designed and built to support the capability requirements of the Navy.

“In a time where our submarines are operating more than ever, we must continue to ensure our submarines are prepared for any mission, including rescue operations,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This purpose-built facility being built in Henderson will house this important new capability, which will ensure ongoing support and training can be conducted to facilitate rapid deployment in support of a distressed submarine.

“While the primary mission of the Submarine Rescue Service is to deliver a rescue capability for Australia’s submarine fleet, the system will also be capable of supporting other submarines operating in our region.”

Civmec is building the new purpose built facility for $12.5 million, which will include supporting infrastructure for storage, maintenance and training.

The acquisition phase of the project is valued at $279 million with around 80 per cent Australian Industry Capability, creating more than 55 jobs here in Australia.

“This Government is committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in our record investment in defence capability,” Minister Reynolds said. 

“I congratulate Civmec on reaching this key milestone, as well as the small and medium Australian companies who are supporting the system design, manufacture, testing and in-service operation of the capability.”

Construction commences today and is scheduled to be completed in February 2021.

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