Day one of PACIFIC 2019 lived up to the excitement – a full program of meaningful engagements with politicians, The Royal Australian Navy and our industry partners.
Hervé Guillou, Jean-Michel Billig and John Davis hosted visits from Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, Greg Moriarty, Secretary of Defence and many others.
In another exciting announcement with The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry, Naval Group Australia signed the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Plan with ASC Pty Ltd, BAE Systems Australia/ASC Shipbuilding, Lockheed Martin Australia, Luerssen Australia, Saab Australia and the Naval Shipbuilding College. A showcase of collaboration throughout the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
Naval Group announced some exciting news by launching a new subsidiary, Naval Group Pacific based in Sydney, and this announcement featured in The Australian newspaper.
Day two of Pacific was incredible with a solid focus on how Naval Group are growing a stronger Defence industry. We kicked off the day with our tenth Future Submarine Program industry briefing, which featured presentations from our team, along with our partners from the Commonwealth of Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, ANI, Laing O’Rourke, MTU, Schneider Electric France, Schneider Electric Australia and the Industry Capability Network. We also held a roundtable with Australian industry associations, to update them on the program.
We had over 50 school students come past the stand with thanks to Naval Shipbuilding College, and it was a pleasure to speak with them about all the STEM career opportunities available within Naval Shipbuilding now, and into the future.
We were also proud to share the good news that Naval Group Pacific is one of the sixteen government research and industry partners for the Australian Defence Maritime Centre, cooperating to develop a sovereign national research capability.
The whirlwind three day conference was met with excitement and hard work for our teams, hosting many engagements with stakeholders, suppliers, industry partners and students.
The highlight of the final day of PACIFIC 2019 International Maritime Exposition was a joint collaboration announcement with ASC Pty Ltd Naval Group Australia will send our first group of apprentice welders to be trained at ASC, and this initiative will provide apprentices with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best Australian and French minds in submarine design, build and sustainment.
The final day also saw us host more student groups for the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) STEMulation Trail Tour with over 70 secondary and tertiary students visiting the stand over the three days. Naval Group and the ECA Group held a successful media briefing with journalists to showcase the stand-off Mines Counter Measure (MCM) technology which were selected by the Belgium and Netherlands.
Our AIC and Procurement teams finished up their meetings with suppliers which saw them meet with over 100 businesses in the one on ones and on the Naval Group stand. PACIFIC 2019 was a resounding success for Naval Group and planning is already underway for PACIFIC 2021.