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ASC renews WA submariner training deal

The Defence Department has renewed its contract with Adelaide-based shipbuilder ASC to continue to train the navy’s submariners at WA’s Garden Island base.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said the contract ensured all submarine crews will have the skills and knowledge to operate the Collins class submarines safely and effectively.

Senator Payne said ASC has been a trusted partner for over 25 years in delivering submariner training at HMAS Stirling base on Garden Island.

“ASC has proven their ability to deliver the required services and continue to innovate with navy to develop and implement the latest in learner-centred training technologies,” she said.

“The advanced learning environment, including virtual reality and simulation provides submariners the skills and confidence to take on the demanding roles in a submarine.”

The services include operator, maintainer and operational training for all submariners throughout their submarine career.

The contract is for an initial period of five years, with two possible extensions of three years each.

ASC has trained more than 1100 submariners since 1993.

Managing director Stuart Whiley said ASC looked forward to continuing the longstanding and collaborative partnership with the navy.

“We’re proud to play a role in firstly building the Collins class submarines, now maintaining and upgrading them, and also training the crews that sail on them,” he said.

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