About Us

ASC exists to serve the frontline of Australia’s naval defence capabilities. With responsibility for sustaining the Collins Class Submarines, building the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers and building the lead and second Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, ASC is an integral part of Australia’s sovereign naval industrial capability. ASC operates across three facilities in South Australia and Western Australia and employs more than 1,400 employees.

ASC is responsible for the delivery of sustainment activities for the Collins Class submarines and shipbuilding activities on the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer and Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel programs.  ASC is committed to supporting the Australian Defence Force by maintaining open lines of communication with its customers, understanding their expectations and priorities, and striving to deliver the best possible results through an unwavering commitment to productivity and efficiency improvements.

ASC Pty Ltd is a proprietary limited company registered under the Corporations Act 2001. ASC is wholly-owned by the Commonwealth, represented by the Minister for Finance (Shareholder Minister).

Initially established in 1985 at Osborne, South Australia, ASC was subsequently chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the 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 in mid-2012. This work is undertaken at the Government-owned submarine facility at Osborne, South Australia and at ASC West at Henderson, Western Australia.

ASC also provides submariner training services to the Navy at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia and is the largest industry provider of personnel into the Commonwealth’s Future Submarine program office.

In 2005, ASC was named as shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program as part of the AWD Alliance and since 2010, ASC and its AWD Alliance partners have been building and integrating the three AWDs at the Government’s Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

In 2017, ASC was named as the South Australian shipbuilder for the lead and second Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and in June 2018 ASC Shipbuilding was announced as the shipbuilder for the Hunter Class Frigates, and became a subsidiary of BAE Systems in December 2018.

ASC Pty Ltd is responsible for the delivery of the AWD and OPV programs and capability (workforce) is provided by ASC Shipbuilding.


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


To be a trusted and efficient partner with sovereign design, build and sustainment capabilities, driving best value for our customers.

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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