First sod turned on Future Submarine Construction Yard

The first sod has been turned on the Future Submarine Construction Yard at Osbourne.

The design and construction activities for the new Submarine Construction Yard are an incredibly important and complex undertaking.

Purpose built facilities will be constructed and others refurbished and modernised to enable the most effective build of Australia’s Future Submarine.

In order to maximise efficiencies for the Future Submarine Program, the infrastructure must be designed and constructed specifically for the development of these vessels.

The managing contractor for this development initiative will be Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd.

“Today is a critical milestone in the journey to build 12 Future Submarines in Australia, in an Australian owned and operated shipyard, using Australian resources with an Australia workforce,”  said Jean-Michel Billig, Vice President Future Submarine Program, Naval Group.

“This milestone is an important investment in the creation of the infrastructure that will deliver Australia’s Future Submarines on a continuous build basis.

“Naval Group will continue to work collaboratively with the Australian Naval Infrastructure team to develop the detailed submarine construction yard plans and to assure that the submarine construction yard provides a safe and productive environment to build the 12 future submarines.

“The yard will include purpose built platform and combat system integration facilities to ensure early detection and mitigation of any risks identified within critical elements of the FSM design and build,” said Mr Billig.