Mr Edwards takes the position at a time of exciting change for the Future Submarine Project as the Government considers which design partner to select from the Competitive Evaluation Process.
Mr Edwards takes on the new role - effective immediately - from his previous position as ASC Shipbuilding Chief Operating Officer. He has almost 25 years of combined experience with ASC across the Collins Class and Air Warfare Destroyer build programs and additional experience in the offshore oil and gas sector.
ASC Interim Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said Mr Edwards would enhance the company's strategic focus as the Future Submarine Project entered its next stage.
“I warmly welcome Martin to his new role. With both executive and engineering experience across ASC's submarine and ship platforms, Martin is well-placed to guide ASC through the next stage of the future submarine project,” Mr Whiley said.
Mr Edwards said that ASC, as Australia's leading submarine company, had the capability and expertise to make a vital contribution to the Future Submarine Project whilst still fulfilling the sustainment needs of the Collins Class submarines.
“ASC's 30-year experience, unmatched facilities and expertise in building and maintaining Australia's submarines, gives us a unique capability for the benefit of the nation.
“ASC has over 300 degree-qualified engineers, including most of Australia's highest qualified submarine platform engineers, and has forged links to hundreds of local Australian industry suppliers as part of its submarine maintenance operations.
“ASC is ready, willing and able to make a vital contribution to the Future Submarine project from the earliest stages.”
To-date ASC has provided information to the three overseas submarine designers as part of the Government's Competitive Evaluation process. ASC is also the largest provider of submarine platform experts to the Government's Future Submarine Technical Organisation.