Western Australia is ready to make a major contribution to support national defence. Our State’s location is a strategic strength and serves as a gateway to the Indian Ocean region and emerging international defence markets. These include Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Western Australia’s defence presence, which includes HMAS Stirling, RAAF Base Pearce and Campbell Barracks, is established and well respected.
Since the 1987 implementation of the Two Ocean Policy, HMAS Stirling has emerged as the Royal Australian Navy’s major fleet base on the Indian Ocean. Up to half of the RAN’s fleet is based permanently in Western Australia, including all six of the Collins submarines.
Western Australia recognises that Australia’s regional strategic environment has become more complex and will continue to change significantly throughout the 21st Century. As a result, Western Australia’s strategic location on the Indian Ocean, as part of this dynamic region, continues to have national implications.
Western Australia has the capability and capacity to deliver because our skilled workforce is competitive, flexible, resilient and adaptable.
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