Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Work for Landing Helicopter Dock completed at AMC

    8/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • BAE Systems completes construction of three mast modules for the Royal Australian Navy’s new LHDs
    • Work proves Australian Marine Complex’s capability to service major defence projects
    • Local content up to $17.7billion since July 2011

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today congratulated Australian Marine Complex-based (AMC) BAE Systems on delivering the mast modules for the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels.


    The three mast modules, weighing 19 to 36 tonnes, will house equipment such as communications and combat systems, navigation, radar, search and track sensors.   


    Mr O’Brien said the modules would leave the AMC bound for BAE’s Williamstown shipyard, for installation on the 27,000-tonne LHD vessels. 


    “Construction of the modules began in September 2011. I understand that BAE Systems’ decision to undertake this project in Western Australia was linked to the capabilities within their site at the AMC,” he said.


    “This contract is a further illustration of the AMC’s ability to attract an impressive variety of work from world-class customers such as the Royal Australian Navy, mineral and energy projects, and public and private transport authorities.


    “BAE Systems’ confidence in WA and the AMC is demonstrated by the $8million upgrade to its facility currently under way, including a new office and the expansion of transport facilities.” 


    The Minister said the LHD project demonstrated the State’s capacity to support the defence industry, as outlined in this Government’s submission to the Defence Force Posture Review.


    The review’s final report, released last week, supports State Government calls for a greater defence presence in Western Australia’s North-West.


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