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July 8, 2010
THE Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD)
Alliance has signed a contract with Toll
North Pty Ltd for the transport of 66
hull blocks by sea from Newcastle and
Melbourne to Adelaide.
Once in Adelaide the blocks will
be consolidated into Australia's three
Hobart class AWDs.
Minister for Defence Materiel
and Science, Greg Combet, made the
announcement on June 16, saying the
signing of the $25 million contract rep-
resented a significant milestone in the
multi-billion dollar project.
"Full block production is now under-
way at three shipyards across Australia:
ASC in Adelaide, BAE Systems in
Melbourne and Forgacs in Newcastle,"
Mr Combet said.
"The completed blocks will be trans-
ported on a barge, towed by a tug boat,
from the Melbourne and Newcastle ship-
yards to Adelaide."
The blocks will begin to arrive at the
Common User Facility in mid-2011.
Each ship is made up of 31 blocks.
The blocks will be transported in
groups, with 15 trips to Adelaide from
Melbourne and eight from Newcastle.
The program is on-track to deliver
the first AWD, HMAS Hobart (III), in
December 2014. HMAS Brisbane (III)
is scheduled for delivery in March 2016
and HMAS Sydney (V) in June 2017.
MOVING FORWARD: The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance has signed a con-
tract with Toll North Pty Ltd for the transport of 66 hull blocks by sea from
Newcastle and Melbourne to Adelaide.
for RAN engineers
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
RAN engineers and technicians
can now expect greater profes-
sional development opportunities
with an agreement reached with a
UK-based institute that specialises
in maritime engineering.
Similar to the existing relation-
ship Defence has with Engineers
Australia, Navy recently joined
forces with maritime specialists,
the Institute of Marine Engineering,
Science and Technology (IMarEST),
to develop the RAN streamlined
route to chartered status and mem-
IMarEST is a highly respected
institute that represents the world-
wide maritime community and has
more than 15,000 members.
Staff Officer Engineering Policy
and Development, LCDR Jonathan
Shannon, said the alliance was
formed because of the institute's
familiarity with naval qualification
systems and its existing relation-
ships with both the Royal Navy and
Royal New Zealand Navy.
"One of the common problems
picked up in past human resources
surveys was the lack of career devel-
opment for personnel once their pri-
mary qualification was achieved,"
LCDR Shannon said.
"Membership with IMarEST
will enable RAN marine and weap-
ons electrical engineers, and senior
marine and electronics technicians,
to network with equivalent commer-
cial-industry professionals, gain pro-
fessional knowledge and improve
their skill base."
LCDR Shannon said RAN per-
sonnel with the appropriate qualifi-
cations and experience would be eli-
gible for IMarEST membership and
UK Engineering Council registra-
tion and membership based on the
achievement of certain milestones
in their existing career continuum,
eliminating the need for a separate
"Essentially, what it means is
that, instead of having to go down
the path of completing a separate
task journal to become a chartered
engineer, sailors and officers just
need to focus on completing the cer-
tificates and milestones within their
established career paths," he said.
Sailors and officers can apply for
membership and associated costs to
be covered by the RAN's profes-
sional development program, which
allows personnel to spend $2000
annually to broaden experience in
their current or future jobs.
"Navy will cover costs such as
membership, conferences, courses
or sitting a chartered interview,"
LCDR Shannon said.
"These funds can be used to pur-
chase materials to build up a techni-
cal reference library as well."
For further information on the IMarEST
RAN streamlined membership program,
call the Directorate Navy Engineering
Policy on (02) 6266 4110 or email
Visit the IMarEST website on http://
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ABMT Daniel Power inspects
one of the electrical terminals inside a torpedo tube in HMAS
Waller's weapon stowage compartment.
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
Decoy contract awarded
ABOUT 130 Australian defence
industry jobs will be supported
under a new ship decoy contract
awarded to BAE Systems.
The company has been awarded
its 12th consecutive contract for
the Nulka Active Missile Decoy
System, guaranteeing production
and securing jobs around the coun-
try until at least 2013.
The BAE Systems-built Nulka
decoys have been fitted to 12 ships
across Navy. Australia's future Air
Warfare Destroyers will also be pro-
tected by the Nulka Active Missile
Announcing the contract on June
21, Defence Materiel and Science
Minister, Greg Combet, said it
was good news for local Defence
industry, for local jobs and for
Servicemen and women in the RAN.
"The Nulka decoy system is
Australia's largest regular Defence
export and one of our most success-
ful electronic warfare projects," Mr
"The project has generated more
than $500 million in export earnings
and employs about 130 people.
"Nulka has helped keep thou-
sands of our Servicemen and
women safe both here and abroad
and supported local defence indus-
try and jobs in Australia.
"It is also a clear demonstra-
tion that our local defence industry
can compete against the best in the
world and win," Mr Combet said.
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