A major boost to Western Australia‘s maritime defence industry has been achieved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and the world’s largest manufacturer of nuclear-powered submarines.
Huntington Ingalls Industries employs over 42,000 people worldwide, and is a builder of the US Virginia-class submarine, the model of nuclear-powered submarine Australia is expected to purchase in the next decade.
US Virginia-class submarines will begin rotational deployment at HMAS Stirling at Garden Island from 2027 – ahead of the Royal Australian Navy’s acquisition of nuclear submarines in the 2030s as part of the AUKUS partnership.
The MoU will greatly assist the State Government in the creation of high paying, skilled jobs at the AMC at Henderson, as well as at HMAS Stirling, for decades to come.
Defence industry minister, Paul Papalia, said “This is an exciting time for the WA maritime defence industry with the signing of a major MoU with Huntington Ingalls Industries.”
“Not only will it expand our skill base in the defence workforce, but it signals to the international community that WA is becoming a major player in the submarine industry.”
In March, the Australian Government announced an $8 billion expansion of HMAS Stirling in the next decade creating around 3,000 direct jobs.
This investment will ensure WA is able to complete longer and more complex repairs on visiting military vessels in the future.
The dual focused MoU targets the development of both industry and workforce development, ensuring businesses can deliver in the immediate and long terms.
This includes positioning WA as a hub for defence industry innovation and enterprise, as well as establishing the State as an ideal location for defence training and education.