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Planning for Australia's future submarine.

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THE HON. JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Minister for Defence

Monday, 27 October 2008 143/2008


The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, today announced that a major step forward has been taken in the planning for Australia’s future submarine. The Minister made the announcement while inspecting the submarine support and training facilities at the Navy’s Fleet Base West at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.

“Submarines provide a vital military capability for Australia. A key Defence election commitment for this Government is focussed on carefully planning for Australia's next generation of submarine,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“I am therefore pleased to announce that I have recently approved funding of $4.67 million for a program of studies in support of the acquisition of Australia’s future submarines.”

The studies will be managed by a Project Office operating under the joint supervision of the Chief, Capability Development Group and the Chief Executive Officer for the Defence Materiel Organisation.

A Project Office of seventeen people is being established to manage the Future Submarine Project, designated SEA 1000. This Project Office will expand over the coming years.

“Through these studies, Defence will engage industry to assist development of the project acquisition strategy for Government consideration in the second half of 2009. Work on the concept design of the future submarine will commence in 2010, leading to further consideration by Government in 2011,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“This is yet another demonstration that this Government is committed to ensuring that Australia’s future Defence capabilities are carefully considered and well-planned.”

The Future Submarine is expected to enter service around 2025 when the Collins class will begin to be withdrawn from service at the end of their planned lives.

Media contacts: Christian Taubenschlag (Joel Fitzgibbon): 02 6277 7800 or 0438 595 567 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664