Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) is exploring options to re-deploy displaced workers throughout South Australia’s current and planned shipbuilding programs.

The federal government’s decision to extend the life of all 6 Collins class submarines, and the decision to retain full cycle docking of the fleet at Osborne, South Australia, reinforces ASC’s role as Australia’s own sovereign submarine organisation and recognises the achievement of ASC’s 1300-strong workforce.

With so much shipbuilding activity happening right here in SA, there are endless opportunities to transition skilled shipbuilding workers into new roles within ASC or in the local industry.

ASC’s workforce remains critical in the availability of the Collins Class submarine fleet, which has exceeded international benchmarks in recent years.

The life-of-type extension program will update key equipment on the submarine, including the propulsion systems, diesel motors, generators, power conversion and distribution systems, along with a range of hull assessments and upgrades.

ASC’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stuart Whiley, says ASC will continue to make sure the Navy is equipped with an agile and potent submarine capability as they perform the life-of-type extensions, starting with HMAS Farncomb in 2026.

“Central to the success of the full-cycle docking and life-of-type extension program is the commitment of ASC’s workforce, which includes Australia’s leading submarine platform engineers, trades and professionals,” said Mr Whiley.

“We are working closely with defence as well as our supply chains and international partners to deliver on the Royal Australian Navy’s requirements for leading-edge capability.”

ASC will continue to be Australia’s source of sovereign submarine industrial expertise and will work with the government to support, train and grow the workforce needed to build Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines.

A transition team has been set up to help affected employees, with a dedicated talent pool already open.

Register your interested in ASC’s talent pool.

Sourced from ASC’s website: FCD to stay in Adelaide, LOTE confirmed, Talent Pool launched