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ASC submarine experts recognised for Collins Class program achievements


The outstanding professionalism, dedication and contribution to Australia’s defence capability by two senior ASC personnel have been recognised with Defence Industry Service Commendations.

The awards to General Manager, Engineering, Jim Burnside and Manager for Operational Period Maintenance, Tim Hill, were announced today by Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds. 

ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley paid tribute to the awardees.

“These awards recognise two decades of dedication, skill and sustained effort in bringing about great outcomes for our customer, the Royal Australian Navy.”

“Jim and Tim are great representatives of our sovereign submarine workforce, numbering at more than 1,200 in South Australia and Western Australia.

“Their achievements show the exciting range of professional challenges being met by ASC’s personnel and looks forward to continuing improvements in coming years, as we ramp-up to meet Australia’s expanding submarine capability requirements.”

Addressing the awards, Mr Whiley said Mr Burnside was a key driving force for ASC’s successful innovation program following the Coles Review in 2012, that achieved international benchmarks in submarine deep maintenance, or full cycle dockings (FCDs), in Osborne, South Australia.

“Jim has been a key driver in establishing, on a program management and engineering level, an ambitious timeline in transitioning to a two year full cycle docking, down from at least three years. Jim proved that a faster and more ambitious timeframe was achievable – moving to the ambitious new timeframe within a single, two-year, FCD.

Mr Burnside said in response to the award: “I am extremely honoured to be awarded the Defence Industry Service Commendation by Minister Reynolds. It is recognition of the work done by many people in the Submarine Enterprise from Navy, CASG, ASC, and industry partners, in transforming the Collins Class sustainment program to meet and exceed international performance benchmarks. Great things can be achieved if we are aligned on what's really important and continue to trust and support each other.”

Mr Whiley said Mr Hill, based at ASC’s maintenance base in Henderson, Western Australia, was a key manager of ASC’s response to platform issues that arise with operational Collins Class submarines.

“Tim is regarded by managers and colleagues alike as highly dedicated and skilled, with a ‘can-do’ approach across several decades of service that has seen him advance from the shop floor to a position that is a critical role for ASC and RAN in keeping Australia’s submarines available for operations.”

Responding to the award, Mr Hill said: “I am surprised but very pleased to get this award. I am very appreciative of the teams, including the other Submarine Enterprise partners, that have supported me in this. I am also very grateful of the support and respect that has been shown from the Navy to my team. I get a lot of satisfaction from keeping the submarines at sea, and the camaraderie of the Ships’ companies in Australia and overseas.”

The Defence Industry Service Commendations were announced in August last year and are “awarded to individuals or teams who demonstrate superior achievement or devotion in the application of skills, judgement, innovation or dedication to duty in Australian defence industry for the benefit of Australia’s defence capability”.

Minister Reynolds announced seven inaugural awardees on Friday 5 April, 2019.

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