About Us

ASC exists to serve the frontline of Australia’s naval defence capabilities. With more than 2,500 employees across our three facilities in South Australia and Western Australia, ASC has evolved into Australia’s largest specialised defence shipbuilding organisation, with naval design and engineering resources unparalleled within Australia’s defence industry.

ASC is committed to supporting the Australian Defence Force by maintaining open lines of communication with our customer, understanding our  customer’s expectations and priorities, implementing productivity and  efficiency improvements, and striving to deliver the best results for defence.

Initially established in 1985, ASC was subsequently chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of six Collins Class submarines.

At the conclusion of the Collins Class submarine build program in 2003, ASC commenced a 25-year contract for the ongoing repair, maintenance and design upgrades of the submarines through-life support. This contract was replaced by the In Service Support Contract (ISSC) in mid-2012.

In 2005, ASC was awarded the role of Shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project. These are the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia and are being constructed at ASC’s state-of-the art shipbuilding facility, ASC South, located at Osborne, South Australia.

ASC is the lead Shipbuilder for the AWD Alliance, which is made up of ASC, the Department of Defence representing the Australian Government, and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator.


To be an enduring and integral part of Australia’s maritime strategy and national security.


Our mission is to safely build and maintain Australia’s frontline naval ships and submarines to world class performance and quality standards.

Values and Behaviours

Strongly held corporate values are an important element of the strategic framework that underpins successful companies. ASC employees aspire to a set of values and exhibit corresponding behaviours, which are the guiding principles that define how we conduct our business and what we stand for as a company.

  • Service
  • Safety
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Results
  • Innovation
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