Chicago Bridge & Iron, Wormald International, the Australian Industry Development Corporation and Kockums joined forces to create the Australian Submarine Corporation, to tender for the design and build of the new fleet of submarines for the RAN.
ASC’s $5 billion contract with the Australian Government to design and build six Collins Class submarines is signed on 3 June 1987, the largest Australian defence contract signed in Australia to that date.
The Prime Minister, the Hon Bob Hawke MP, opens ASC’s South Australian facility at ASC North, Osborne. The location is chosen for its easy access to the Port River and Gulf St Vincent, road and rail connections and room for expansion.
Construction of the first Collins Class submarine, Collins, commences at Osborne, South Australia.
Names of the Collins Class submarines are announced at the keel laying ceremony for HMAS Collins. These commemorate the memory of six members of the RAN who served their country with distinction: HMASCollins, Farncomb, Waller, Dechaineux, Sheean and Rankin.
James Hardie Industries acquires a shareholding in ASC, while two previous shareholders exited their positions, making ASC 51% Australian-owned and 49% Swedish-owned.
ASC commences providing services to the RAN’s Submarine School, opened at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, Western Australia.
ASC delivers the first of the new submarines – HMAS Collins – to the RAN.
ASC expands its presence at Henderson (Western Australia) to prepare for the in-service support of the submarine fleet.
ASC delivers the second submarine – HMAS Farncomb.
ASC delivers the third submarine – HMAS Waller.
ASC delivers the fourth and fifth submarines – HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Sheean.
The Australian Government acquires the remaining portion of ASC, making it a fully Australian Government-owned company.
General Dynamics Electric Boat is engaged as capability partner for ASC, as it transitioned from submarine builder to the sovereign Australian design authority, upgrader and sustainer for the Collins Class.
ASC delivers the sixth and final Collins Class submarine – HMAS Rankin.
ASC signs a Through-Life Support contract for the ongoing design, maintenance and enhancements of the Collins Class submarines.
ASC changes its name and corporate identity from ‘Australian Submarine Corporation’ to ‘ASC Pty Ltd’, to reflect the company’s future business and shipbuilding activities.
ASC completes its first Collins Class refit, or full cycle docking, for HMAS Farncomb.
The RAN accepts ‘operational release’ of the six Collins Class submarines, representing formal acceptance of the new Class into naval service and acknowledgement that the submarines meet defined operational capabilities.
Establishment of ASC’s shipbuilding operations.
ASC completes the full cycle docking of HMAS Collins.
ASC and the RAN signed a $20 million contract for the continuation of submarine training services in WA.
ASC is selected as the shipbuilder for Australia’s Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer program, as part of the multi-party AWD Alliance established by Defence.
ASC became the design authority for the Collins Class, recognising the capability and depth of experience required for the safe sustainment and upgrade of the submarines.
ASC wins the Engineers Australia Excellence Award for the in situ repair of the main propulsion motor of HMAS Farncomb.
ASC establishes the Masters of Marine Engineering course, in collaboration with Defence and the University of Adelaide.
ASC establishes the Masters of Military Systems Integration course in collaboration with Defence, the University of South Australia, BAE Systems and Saab Australia.
ASC completes design work for its new submarine maintenance facility in Western Australia.
The full cycle docking of HMAS Waller is completed, including replacement of its combat system and upgrade of its Mark 48 heavyweight torpedo capability.
ASC enters the AWD Alliance Based Target Incentive Agreement with other members of the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, to deliver three Air Warfare Destroyers to the RAN.
ASC selects Hansen Yuncken to build its $120 million Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard at ASC South, Osborne.
The Australian Institute of Project Manager’s national Project of the Year and Best Defence/Aerospace Project is awarded to ASC for the full cycle docking of HMAS Waller, incorporating some 1.25 million labour hours and 7,500 maintenance tasks.
ASC West is opened, a $35 million submarine maintenance and support facility in Western Australia, located at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson.
Construction begins on ASC’s Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard at ASC South.
ASC establishes a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, in collaboration with Defence and the University of South Australia.
ASC completes major infrastructure upgrades at its submarine deep maintenance shipyard at ASC North, Osborne, including a new 4,500sqm warehouse and electrical workshops.
ASC is named State Employer of the Year by the Defence Reserves Support Council for support of Defence reservists.
A large group of ASC’s Air Warfare Destroyer staff move to the newly completed ASC South shipyard administration building.
BAE Systems Australia Defence (Port Melbourne) and Forgacs (Newcastle) are confirmed as block subcontractors for the AWD project.
Official opening of ASC’s $120 million Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard at ASC South, in Osborne, South Australia.
ASC completes the full cycle docking of HMAS Dechaineux.
Final infrastructure to support the Air Warfare Destroyer project opened at ASC South, including two outfit support towers and a blast and paint facility.
The first keel block for the first destroyer, HMAS Hobart, arrives at ASC South.
The Australian Government establishes the Coles Review into the sustainment of the Collins Class submarine fleet. The report becomes the blue-print for reform of submarine sustainment across Defence and industry.
ASC signs a new In-Service Support Contract for the sustainment and maintenance of the Collins Class submarine fleet with the Australian Government.
ASC completes the first full cycle docking of HMAS Sheean.
ASC and the RAN participate in the keel laying ceremony for the first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart.
Following recommendations of the Coles Review, ASC launches a program of reforms and innovations to reduce full cycle dockings from three to two years.
The first maintenance activity under the new In-Service Support Contract (ISSC) with the Australian Government – a Certification Extension Docking of HMAS Farncomb – is completed, in advance of the contracted date.
Masts and blocks are delivered for the first and second Air Warfare Destroyers, Brisbane and Hobart, to ASC South.
ASC commences its first two-year full cycle docking, of HMAS Farncomb, using the new Maintenance Support Tower at Osborne which was developed to deliver significant efficiencies.
First ever hull cuts on a Collins Class submarine (HMAS Collins) are undertaken to enable main motor and diesels to be removed, refurbished, tested and reinstalled.
ASC performs its first testing of a Collins Class diesel-generator set in its newly constructed off-boat Diesel-Generator Test Facility that simulates at-sea conditions. The Facility leads to significantly improved reliability of the diesel-generators.
Launch of the first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart.
ASC holds the first Collins Class Supply Chain Forum to further increase Australian industry content, submarine availability and reliability, following ASC taking over responsibility for supply chain management as part of the Coles Review reforms.
ASC West workforce ramped up to greater than 300 with more complex maintenance activities commenced, as part of the implementation of the Coles Review.
ASC wins the Engineers Australia (SA) Malcolm Kinnaird Excellence and Project Management awards, for the successful transformation of submarine maintenance, following the Coles Review in 2012.
ASC completes historic first two-year full cycle Collins Class docking, of HMAS Farncomb at the Osborne Naval Shipyard – demonstrating ASC’s capability to achieve world benchmark submarine availability.
ASC commences two-year full cycle docking of HMAS Collins.
Final ship blocks for the Air Warfare Destroyer program delivered to ASC South.
Federal Government describes the Collins Class submarine sustainment program as an “exemplar project”, upon release of the Beyond Benchmark report by international submarine expert John Coles.
Luerssen Australia is selected to design the SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel Program, with ASC to build the first two vessels in South Australia.
The Collins Class Submarine Program is removed from Defence’s ‘projects of concern’ list, following several years of transformation and high performance.
The Australian Government launches Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI), to facilitate, own and manage all critical infrastructure at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, including sites previously owned by ASC Pty Ltd.
A $12.5m upgrade to ASC West is officially opened, featuring an innovative maintenance support tower and sky-bridge to drive efficiencies and improve productivity and reliability in submarine maintenance in WA.
ASC delivers the first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart. The RAN’s most advanced warship ever, its features include an Aegis phased-array radar and multiple long range surface-to-air missile launchers.
The Australian Government announces ASC Shipbuilding as prime contractor for the Hunter Class Future Frigate program. ASC Shipbuilding separates from ASC Pty Ltd and becomes a subsidiary of BAE Systems, with the Australian Government retaining a sovereign shareholding. ASC Shipbuilding will later be re-named BAE Systems Australia Maritime.
ASC delivers the second Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Brisbane.
Completion of the two-year full cycle docking of HMAS Collins, including major upgrade to its communications suite.
ASC becomes the first Australian defence company awarded international corporate certification for excellence in procurement, by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
ASC renews its strategic partnering arrangement with Defence Science and Technology to drive collaboration and innovation across submarine sustainment.
ASC wins the Australian Institute of Project Managers’ South Australian defence/aerospace prize for best-practice management and efficiency improvements in the installation of main propeller shafts for the Air Warfare Destroyers.
The RAN extends ASC’s contract to provide submarine training services at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre in Western Australia, building on 25 years as a trusted training partner.
ASC signs with Saab-Kockums to provide submarine design services in South Australia for the next-generation Swedish Blekinge-class (A26) submarine program.
ASC Shipbuilding wins the Maritime Safety Award from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects for an in-house designed-and-built system that monitors fire risks and directs emergency response.
ASC partners with Teekay Australia on a successful maintenance activity for the RAN’s advanced Maritime Aviation Training Vessel, MV Sycamore.
The Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer Program is removed from the Federal Government’s list of Defence’s ‘projects of concern,’ following several years of transformation.
ASC commences construction of the first Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, with prime contractor/designer Luerssen Australia.
Senior ASC employees, Jim Burnside and Tim Hill, receive Defence Commendations from Defence Minister Linda Reynolds for outstanding professionalism, dedication and contribution to Australia’s defence capability.
ASC participates with the RAN in a keel laying ceremony for the first Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, with ASC the shipbuilder to prime contractor Luerssen Australia.
ASC and the University of Adelaide update the Masters of Maritime Engineering, with ASC experts providing real-world teaching across submarine disciples.
ASC expands its collaboration with submarine designers, builders and major equipment manufacturers, including Naval Group, Jeumont Electric, Schneider Electric, Babcock, Penske Power Systems, PMB Defence and Saab-Kockums.
ASC delivers the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Sydney.
ASC completes the two-year full cycle docking of HMAS Waller, including a major upgrade to the submarine’s sonar system in collaboration with Raytheon and Thales.
ASC commences the full cycle docking of HMAS Dechaineux.
ASC signs framework agreement with Naval Group Australia to train Naval Group-linked graduate engineers over a two-year period, as part of ASC’s wider graduate program.
ASC and CSIRO begin a two-year research collaboration to perfect additive manufacturing using ‘cold spray’ techniques, to more efficiently repair precision submarine components.
ASC participates with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in a keel laying ceremony for the second Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, with ASC taking a key building role to prime contractor Luerssen Australia.
ASC announces it has received the CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme Advanced Silver Award, from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), following ASC’s initial corporate certification in 2018.
ASC launches a revised set of corporate values that reflect the behaviours and principles considered the most important in delivering its services: Protect (safety and security), Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence, forming the acronym PRIDE – in ASC’s workplace and its important contributions.
The Royal Australian Navy declares the third and final Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Sydney, ready for operational deployment. The Chief of Navy describes the destroyers as ‘the most capable warships in Australia’s naval history’.
ASC’s first ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan is launched, providing a framework for ASC to contribute to national reconciliation and build communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
ASC’s role as Australia’s sovereign submarine organisation is reinforced when the Australian Government announces a Life of Type Extension Program, which will see ASC extend the service life of all six Collins Class submarines into the 2040s.
The Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool is established by ASC, in partnership with the Australian Government, to redeploy shipbuilding workers affected by the discontinuation of the Attack Class Submarine Program into existing and new programs.
ASC’s obligations as lead shipbuilder on the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer program were formally completed with the close out of the Alliance based Target Incentive Agreement. The three vessels were delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in 2017 (HMAS Hobart), 2018 (HMAS Brisbane) and 2020 (HMAS Sydney). The ships are Australia’s most advanced and complex warships, and among the most capable in the world. Features of the fleet include an Aegis phased-array radar and multiple long range surface-to-air missile launchers.
ASC’s implementation of the Life of Type Extension Program (LOTE) on all six Collins Class submarines was confirmed. LOTE will replace the propulsion systems, diesel engines, generators, power conversion and distribution systems. There will be an optronics upgrade, a cooling system upgrade, and ASC will carry out a range of hull assessments. ASC is currently undertaking the design activities, with the implementation of the LOTE updates/upgrades into the submarines from 2026.
ASC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on or near our operations in WA and SA. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.