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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
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Question No. 825

Mr Spender asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 17 November 1983:

What will be the function of the Naval Technical Services Section of his Department with respect to (a) design and (b) construction of the 2 FFG type vessels proposed for Williamstown Naval Dockyard.

Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Naval Technical Services have been closely involved in defining the design baseline for the two FFG type vessels to be built at Williamstown Naval Dockyard . The design baseline for these vessels is the configuration of HMAS Darwin, the last of four FFGs being built in the United States for the Royal Australian Navy , with the Australian Mulloka Sonar installed instead of the American AN-SQS-56 sonar. Naval Technical Services have an ongoing role in undertaking the following design functions:

(1) managing preparation of the Mulloka design change package;

(2) defining the requirements for the preparation and issue of working drawings to Williamstown;

(3) investigations into acceptability of substituting Australian sourced equipments and materials;

(4) review FFG class design changes for relevance to the two vessels to be built at Williamstown;

(5) maintenance of specifications;

(6) acting as design authority for major equipments to be built in Australia, for example, 76 mm gun and propeller system.

(b) Naval Technical Services will be responsible for generally undertaking their traditional functions associated with a local construction program. Responsibility for the production aspects will be vested in the Australian Frigate Project Director who reports to the Director General Naval Production.