BAE Systems continues support for SA shipbuilding

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As part of its SEA 5000 bid, BAE Systems has committed to build and sustain a world-class ship building industry in South Australia.

If successful under the tender, BAE Systems will build the Global Combat Ship-Australia, a variant of its Type 26 Global Combat Ship, in Adelaide.

“Our commitment is to build the ships in Adelaide and maximise Australian content in every way possible,” said BAE Systems Australia CEO Glynn Phillips.

“As we have said previously, we will build an Australian ship with an Australian workforce. The current ship building workforce in South Australia is highly skilled and lies at the heart of our plans to construct the vessels. If you are a South Australian ship builder today, you can be confident you will have a great future if we are successful.”

BAE Systems employs 3,500 people across Australia and has a proud history of over 60 years in Australia building and supporting maritime products.

It already employs around 1000 people in South Australia and has plans to grow this significantly.

If successful on the SEA 5000 program, the company intends to not only utilise the current South Australian ship building workforce, but would complement this with skills from other sectors and commit to an early careers program to bring in hundreds of apprentices and graduates over the life of the program.

“South Australia has fantastically skilled people and as a Company that has been supporting South Australians for generations, the State can be confident that we will continue to do so if we are selected for the SEA 5000 program,” Phillips added.