The Minister for Defence David Johnston opened the 2013 Pacific Conference at Darling Harbour today after addressing defence and industry leaders.
Senator Johnston said it was a fitting and unique opportunity to declare the conference open as the Navy celebrated its 100th anniversary of entering Sydney Harbour with the highly successful International Fleet Review on the weekend.
“The Pacific Conference gives maritime and naval defence industries from all over the world the opportunity to promote their expertise.”
Senator Johnston said maritime security was a collective responsibility to which all maritime trading nations must contribute to the extent that they are able.
“For this reason I am delighted, not only that Australia is hosting these two prestigious events, but that they are so well attended by our neighbours, partners and allies from around the world,” Senator Johnston said.
Senator Johnston said the Australian Government is committed to supporting our local defence industry, which generated thousands of highly skilled Australian jobs.
As part of his opening address, the Minister also announced the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) had signed a $35 million contract with BAE Systems for further rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy system.
“This project remainsAustralia’s largest regular Defence export valued at $700 million, and is installed on over 150 Australian, United States and Canadian warships.”
“Nulka is an exceptionally valuable capability for our navy and has made a huge difference to enhancing ship defence and technology, providing an effective counter measure against radar guided missiles.”
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Rebecca Horton (Minister Johnston’s Office): 0427 449 120
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