Rockingham Technopole: New player for defence in WA

21 June 2017

Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed the City of Rockingham's proposal to establish a technopole with French industry, in a bid to capitalise on the national future submarine project.
Business France, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and French submarine builders DCNS have expressed support for a high-tech hub to be developed at the former Murdoch University Rockingham campus.
A technopole is a dedicated centre of high-tech manufacturing and information-based industry sectors.  Rockingham's Renaissance Technopole will be used to transfer French intellectual property to Australian industry - a Federal Government requirement when undertaking work for the national shipbuilding plan.

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Indian and Australian navies hit the seas for maritime exercise

16 June 2017

Three Indian warships are visiting Western Australia this week for a bilateral maritime exercise set to further develop defence co-operation between the two countries.

Taking place off the Western Australian coast, the joint maritime exercise is the second professional interaction between the two navies after a successful exercise in India in 2015.

The exercise involves Indian Navy Ships Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta which are in Fremantle from June 13 to 17, 2017.  The Royal Australian Navy is represented by HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Waller and Clearance Diving Team Four.

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Western Australia plays host to French trade mission

15 June 2017

More than a dozen companies from France will visit Western Australia this week as part of an important trade mission to meet with local businesses and observe common-use infrastructure.
A total of 26 delegates from 13 French businesses will tour the Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility in Henderson, which has been chosen as one of two national shipbuilding locations.
Henderson has been confirmed as the nation's minor naval vessel hub with the majority of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built in WA along with up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats.

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Defence West to champion interests of the industry and create jobs

26 May 2017

A fresh approach to the State's defence industry is about to commence with the launch of Defence West, a new body which will work to secure more defence work for Western Australia and create jobs for Western Australians.

Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced the State Government would soon meet its election commitment to establish a specialised defence office.

Defence West will prepare a defence strategy to guide its efforts in actively campaigning to secure a greater share of Australia's defence contracts for the State.

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WA dudded in national Naval Shipbuilding Plan

16 May 2017

The Federal Government has finally released its national Naval Shipbuilding Plan and Western Australia has received just a small part of the national infrastructure spend.
A total of $1.3 billion has been slated for naval-related industrial infrastructure and sustainment, with WA receiving just $100 million so far.
The Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines the Federal Government's strategy for the country's future naval shipbuilding industry and the investments required in infrastructure and workforce development.

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Federal Defence Industry Minister endorses WA's naval shipbuilding capacity

26 April 2017

The Western Australian Government acknowledges Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne's endorsement of Civmec's $80 million expansion to deliver naval shipbuilding and maintenance in WA.
The project, which involves constructing Australia's biggest undercover shipbuilding space, puts the Henderson facility in line to house complete air warfare destroyers and frigates as well as offshore patrol vessels for construction and maintenance.
Mr Pyne's visit to the site today is a clear sign he supports and endorses the Western Australian shipbuilding industry's investment to increase its capabilities and capacity.

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