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October 13, 2011
THE Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD)
Project has taken another step for-
ward with the delivery of two more
keel blocks to Adelaide.
This follows the delivery of the
first keel block in August.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said this was an important step
in the $8 billion project to construct
three new warships for the RAN.
"This is Australia's biggest ship-
building project," Mr Clare said.
"Ninety separate blocks will be
constructed to build the three most
powerful warships the RAN has ever
"About 70 blocks like this will
be shipped to Adelaide over the next
four years to be consolidated into the
The blocks weigh about 190 tonnes
each and are about 19 metres long,
17 metres wide and five metres high.
They will form part of the keel of the
first warship, HMAS Hobart.
The steel blocks are being built
at shipyards in Adelaide (ASC),
Melbourne (BAE Systems), Newcastle
(Forgacs) and Ferrol in Spain
Three sonar blocks are being
constructed in Spain and the United
The newly arrived blocks will soon
Step forward for AWDs
be removed from the barge and trans-
ported by a large multi-wheeled vehi-
cle to the pre-fit-out facility.
Further work on the blocks will
then be completed including blast and
paint, fitting pipes, installing commu-
nications and electrical cables and fit-
ting internal walls.
Construction has begun on all main
blocks for the first ship and work has
also begun on blocks for the second
ship, HMAS Brisbane.
Next year work will begin on
blocks for the third ship, HMAS
Sydney, and the first ship will start to
be consolidated in Adelaide.
Mr Clare thanked the more than
1000 people currently working on the
ships across the three Australian ship-
"The workers constructing these
blocks are doing important work --
they're working hard and I thank them
for their efforts," he said.
COMING TOGETHER: AWD
Alliance Project Manager for
Block Transportation, Mark
Eglinton, aboard the barge
with one of the blocks.
Photo: Bryan Charlton / AWD Alliance
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