Cairns defence industry floats the boat

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Mr Warren Entsch MP

Member for Leichhardt

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Kathy Quinn (Minister Price’s office): +61 468 369 301
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16 June 2020

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  • Member for Leichhardt, Mr Warren Entsch MP


HMAS Armidale has undocked in Cairns after undergoing a major servicing and restoration project, which invested more than $5 million into the local economy.

Local Cairns businesses played an essential role in delivering this key project for the Royal Australian Navy.

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said this is the first of several major maintenance projects coming up over the next two years.

“Thales Australia will continue to partner with local Australian businesses to maintain this important capability for the Navy while growing the local industry workforce,” Minister Price said.

“The Morrison Government is committed to finding new opportunities to support local Cairns jobs and businesses in our defence industry.”

Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch said the project was conducted at the Norship’s shipyards and supported around 100 local jobs.

“HMAS Armidale’s docking and maintenance period required significant technical expertise provided by eleven local Cairns suppliers delivering over 200 crucial tasks during the project. This compliments the significant work undertaken by Navy’s Fleet Support Unit and the Ship’s crew,” Mr Entsch said.

“With a substantial number of local companies qualified to provide expertise for later services this is a great example of how capable our local defence industry is, and the diverse range of companies taking up opportunities in the defence supply chain.”

Other than Norship, local suppliers involved were:

  • Alpha Cool (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning works);
  • Electrotech (electronics, radar and communications systems);
  • Kelly’s Australia (ultra high pressure water blasting);
  • Northern Waters (potable water systems);
  • Pasma (specialist marine electronics repairs);
  • Royal Wolf (container rental);
  • Tinus Electrical (catering equipment);
  • TQN (hydraulic systems);
  • Trinity Fire (fire control and gas monitoring); and 
  • Far North Fabrication and G.A. Glanville (hull repairs and maintenance).

HMAS Armidale and her 12 sister Armidale Class Patrol Boats are used by the Royal Australian Navy to support Operation SOVEREIGN BORDERS, a whole of government effort to protect Australia’s borders and offshore interests.

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