Shipbuilder ASC has fixed the problems associated with its Collins
submarine maintenance program, according to Defence Minister David Johnston.
The Adelaide Advertiser reports that Mr Johnston praised the
efforts of ASC to improve productivity levels following the Coles Review into
“(John Coles) said to me that the transformation he has
observed over the past two and a half years has been remarkable,” Senator
Johnston told the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
“We have recovered the situation with submarines,” he added.
“Save for the fire on HMAS Waller we would have three
submarines in the water ready to be tasked.”
As reported by The Guardian, in June Mr Johnston delivered a broadside to ASC in regard
to its involvement in the $8.5bn project to build new air warfare destroyers.
Referring to delays and cost blowouts associated with the
project, he said the government would “insert an experienced shipbuilding
management team into the [shipbuilder] ASC.”
The air warfare destroyers are being built by ASC as well as
Raytheon Australia. ASC’s contrcators on the project are BAE Systems, Newcastle
shipbuilder Forgacs and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.