Western Australia's defence industry is again on display as Navantia Australia representatives arrived in Perth to meet private industry and tour the common-use infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC).
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin met Navantia chairman José Manuel Revuelta Lapique, Navantia Australia's managing director Francisco Baron and senior commercial manager Juan de la Cueva, to promote the State's capabilities to build, maintain and upgrade naval defence vessels.
The Spanish shipbuilding company recently won the contracts, valued about $890 million, to build and maintain two replacement replenishment vessels for the Australian Government. The vessels will replace HMAS Success which will reach the end of its life in 2021.
Mr Mischin said the Australian Government had indicated that some of the works connected to this program could be undertaken in Western Australia.
"I would like to see WA secure a significant portion of this work and have advocated to Mr Revuelta Lapique the State's ability to build, maintain and upgrade naval vessels," he said.
"The five-year sustainment contract for the two vessels will be undertaken by Navantia in Australia, and it has been shortlisted as one of three European companies for the Commonwealth Competitive Evaluation Process for the SEA 5000 Future Frigates program.
"Royal Australian Navy vessels including the Collins Class submarines and ANZAC frigates have been successfully repaired and maintained in this State for many years, and I believe we have the experience and established infrastructure to take part in this new program."
Navantia's trip follows preliminary visits to the State by other industry representatives in relation to the $3 billion future Offshore Patrol Vessels. Ten of the 12 vessels are expected to be built in WA from 2020, creating hundreds of jobs.
The AMC is home to more than 150 design, support and service companies that support manufacturing for the local maritime, defence and resource sectors
The replacement replenishment program consists of a $640 million contract to build the vessels and an initial $250 million, five-year sustainment contract
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