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Timeline

2016

  • Federal Government announces the next fleet of Australian submarines to be built in Adelaide's Osborne shipyard with DCNS of France as the selected design partner.
  • Two year full cycle docking of HMAS Farncomb is complete.
  • Two year full cycle docking of HMAS Collins begins.
  • Ship 01, Future Destroyer Hobart, achieves Gast Turbine and Main Engine Light Off milestones.
  • Final offsite block deliveries for AWD program.
  • Collins Class submarine sustainment program described as an exemplar project upon release of the Business of Sustaining Australia’s Collins Class Submarine Capability: Beyond Benchmark report by international submarine expert, John Coles.
  • Government announces that ASC will become three separate Government owned companies – submarine sustainment, shipbuilding and infrastructure
  • Ship 01, Future Destroyer Hobart, successfully completes builder’s sea trials

2015

  • ASC holds first ever Collins Class Supply Chain Forum to build relationships with the aim of further increasing submarine availability and reliability. 
  • First air warfare destroyer launched at ASC South in May.
  • Federal Government announces Competitive Evaluation Process for Future Submarine Project and ASC begins engaging with each of the three overseas design partners.

2014

  • ASC begins first two year full cycle docking of HMAS Farncomb using new Maintenance Support Tower that brings workers and materials closer to the boat, creating significant efficiencies.
  • First ever hull cuts on a Collins Class submarine (HMAS Collins) undertaken to enable main motor and diesels to be removed, refurbished, tested and reinstalled.
  • First diesel set tested in newly constructed off-boat Diesel Generator Test Facility that simulates Collins Class conditions.

2013

  • Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly announce that ASC will reduce full cycle dockings from three years to two, beginning with the FCD for HMAS Farncomb.
  • The first maintenance activity to be completed under ISSC - a Certification Extension Docking of HMAS Farncomb - was completed three days before the contracted date in May.
  • The first blocks for the second destroyer Brisbane is delivered from one of the subcontractors in January.
  • The mast for the first destroyer Hobart is delivered from one of the subcontractors in April.
  • ASC presents their proposal for the Australian AEGIR 18A - the three superior auxiliary warships for the Royal Australian Navy.

2012

  • Prime Minister announces a $214 million investment for the next phase of the Future Submarine project in May.
  • A new In Service Support Contract for the maintenance of the Collins Class submarines is signed between ASC and the Australian Government.
  • ASC completes HMAS Sheean’s full cycle docking.
  • Keel laying for the first AWD, future HMAS Hobart.
  • Defence Minister Stephen Smith announces the establishment of the Future Submarine project systems Centre in Adelaide.

2011

  • Final infrastructure requirements to support the AWD project are put in place at ASC South. This includes two Outfit Support Towers and a Blast and Paint facility.
  • The first keel block for the first destroyer Hobart arrives at the ASC Shipyard, from one of the subcontractors, in August.

2010

  • ASC South, our $120 million shipyard located at Osborne, South Australia, and home to the construction of the AWDs, is officially opened.
  • ASC completes HMAS Dechaineux’s full cycle docking.
  • ASC undertakes first submarine maintenance activity at ASC West.

2009

  • Construction work ramps up at our state-of-the-art $120 million shipyard at ASC Osborne with a large contingent of AWD staff moving to the newly completed ASC Shipyard Administration Building.
  • BAE Systems Australia Defence and Forgacs confirmed as block subcontractors for the AWD project.

2008

  • Official opening of ASC West, our $35 million submarine maintenance and support facility located at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, Western Australia.
  • Construction work formally begins on a $120 million upgrade of our shipyard at Osborne, South Australia.
  • Established a Graduate Certificate in Project Management in collaboration with Defence Materiel Organisation's Skilling of Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program and the University of South Australia.
  • Completion of major infrastructure upgrades at ASC Osborne, including a new 4,500m2 warehouse and electrical workshops.
  • Named State Employer of the Year by the Defence Reserves Support Council for our support of reservists across all three Defence services (Navy, Army and Air Force).

2007

  • Completion of HMAS Waller's full-cycle docking, including first-time implementation of the replacement combat system and heavyweight torpedo capability upgrades.
  • Enters the Alliance Based Target Incentive Agreement (ABTIA) with other members of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance, securing the construction and delivery of three air warfare destroyers to the Royal Australian Navy.
  • Selection of construction contractor Hansen Yuncken to develop our $120 million shipyard upgrade at Osborne, South Australia.
  • Full-cycle docking of HMAS Waller - incorporating some 1.25 million manhours and 7,500 tasks - awarded Australian Institute of Project Manager's national Project of the Year and Best Defence/Aerospace project.

2006

  • ASC continued its capability partnership with United States submarine designer and builder General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation until 2008.
  • Establishment of the Master of Marine Engineering course in collaboration with Defence Materiel Organisation's Skilling of Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program and the University of Adelaide.
  • Establishment of the Master of Military Systems Integration course in collaboration with SADI, University of South Australia, BAE Systems and Saab.
  • ASC completed the design for a new, state-of-the-art submarine maintenance facility in Western Australia, to be established behind the Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex.

2005

  • Material control of HMAS Collins was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 29 July 2005, concluding HMAS Collins’  Full-Cycle Docking.
  • ASC and the RAN signed a $20 million contract for the continuation of submarine training for the RAN on 24 June 2005.
  • ASC selected as the shipbuilder for Australia’s Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer Program on 31 May 2005.
  • ASC becomes Australia’s only technical design authority for the Collins Class submarines, recognising that ASC has an engineering organisation with the size, depth, breadth and experience to be a capable submarine designer.
  • ASC awarded an Engineers Australia Excellence Award for the in situ main motor repairs on HMAS Farncomb.

2004

  • The company changed its name and corporate identity on 5 October 2004 from ‘Australian Submarine Corporation’ to ‘ASC Pty Ltd’ to better reflect ASC’s future business and shipbuilding endeavours.
  • ASC won South Australia’s 2004 Safety Employer of the Year award for Medium/Large Business – South Australia’s highest safety achievement.
  • ASC completed its first Collins Class Full-Cycle Docking on HMAS Farncomb in August 2004.
  • All disputes between Kockums and ASC, and the Commonwealth and ASC, were settled on 27 June 2004.
  • General Dynamics Bath Iron Works entered into a strategic capability partnership with ASC for the provision of project management, technical and production management support for ASC’s future shipbuilding activities.
  • The RAN accepted ‘operational release’ of the six Collins Class submarines on 3 March 2004, representing formal acceptance of the Class into naval service and acknowledgement of the submarines’ ability to achieve defined operational outcomes.
  • Establishment of ASC’s shipbuilding operations.

2003

  • A multi-billion Through-Life Support contract for the ongoing design, maintenance and enhancements of the Collins Class submarines was signed on 8 December 2003. The 25-year contract awards ASC with responsibility for maintenance, design upgrades and support until the end of the submarines’ operational lives.
  • The sixth Collins Class submarine - HMAS Rankin - was delivered to the RAN on 26 March 2003.  This marked the end of ASC's Submarine Build contract for the Collins Class.

2002

  • General Dynamics Electric Boat was engaged as a capability partner to assist ASC in its transition from a builder of submarines to a provider of design, engineering, upgrade and maintenance services.

2000

  • The Australian Federal Government acquired the portion of the shareholding in ASC that it did not own in November 2000.  ASC then became wholly-owned by the Australian Government.
  • The fifth Collins Class submarine - HMAS Sheean - was delivered to the RAN on 21 August 2000.
  • The fourth Collins Class submarine - HMAS Dechaineux - was delivered to the RAN on 25 July 2000.

1999

  • The third Collins Class submarine - HMAS Waller - was delivered to the RAN on 20 April 1999.

1997

  • The second Collins Class submarine - HMAS Farncomb - was delivered to the RAN on 15 December 1997.

1996

  • The first of six Collins Class submarines - HMAS Collins - was delivered to the RAN on 15 July 1996.
  • ASC expanded its presence at HMAS Stirling to assist the RAN with in-service support of the submarine fleet in August 1996.

1992

  • The RAN's Submarine School (where ASC assists in the training of submariners and RAN submarine maintainers) opened at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia in July 1992.

1990

  • The Chief of Navy announced the names chosen for the Collins Class submarines at the Keel Laying Ceremony for HMAS Collins. The names commemorate the memory of six members of the RAN who served their country with distinction: HMAS Collins, HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Waller, HMAS Dechaineux, HMAS Sheean and HMAS Rankin.
  • The two original shareholders of ASC sold their respective holdings and later that year James Hardie Industries acquired a small share holding in ASC, which then became 51% Australian-owned and 49% Swedish-owned.

1989

  • The Prime Minister opened ASC's Osborne facility in South Australia (which became the established headquarters of ASC) on 16 November 1989. Osborne offered easy access to the Port River, good road and rail connections and plenty of room for expansion.

1987

  • The $5 billion contract between the Australian Government and ASC for the design and manufacture of six Collins Class submarines was signed on 3 June 1987.  It was the largest defence contract signed in Australia to that date.

1985

  • Kockums, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Wormald International and the Australian Industry Development Corporation joins forces to create the Australian Submarine Corporation in August 1985 to tender and, once successful, design and build the new fleet of submarines for the RAN.
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