Naval shipbuilding a gamechanger for WA’s defence industry

The Federal Government’s commitment to ensure continuous shipbuilding in Western Australia, as part of its response to the Naval Surface Fleet Review, recognises the fundamental role the State will play in our nation’s defence over the coming decades.

The announcement will see the Henderson naval precinct, south of Perth, play a critical role in building and maintaining Australia’s fleet of eight general-purpose naval frigates.

A fleet of six drone ships with long-range missiles is also expected to be built in Western Australia.

CCIWA Chief Executive, Chris Rodwell, said the decision was a significant boost for WA’s defence industry and for the State’s plans to diversify our economy.

“Our State has long had the potential to play a much larger role in Australia’s defence industry and this is a major step towards reaching that potential,” he said.

“Securing the build and maintenance for these ships in Perth will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs for decades to come, which is great for our economy. It gives the certainty to make long range investments.”

As part of the decision, infrastructure at the Henderson Naval Base will be significantly upgraded.

Mr Rodwell said the decision will help to strengthen the foundation of WA’s defence industry.

“With AUKUS set to significantly increase the navy’s footprint in WA, there are significant opportunities for WA businesses to become involved in defence contracting.

“Thanks to the strength of our resources sector, WA has significant experience in marrying cutting-edge technology with industry, and many of those skills run adjacent to what will be need in defence.

“We’re very confident that there’s a bright future for WA’s defence industry.”

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