Australia’s Future Submarines named Attack-class
Naval Shipbuilding College Program Director Bill Docalovich said the formalisation of a Strategic Partnering Agreement between the Commonwealth and France’s Naval Group is good news.
“This announcement will inject confidence into the naval shipbuilding industry and the College is moving at pace to build the sovereign workforce needed to build the Future Submarines,” he said.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne described the contract agreement as a ‘significant milestone’ while attending a sod turning ceremony for the Future Submarine Construction Yard.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan also announced Australia’s Future Submarines would be known as ‘Attack-class’ vessels. He said the first submarine to be built will be named HMAS Attack, the second Australian Navy vessel to carry that name.
The $50 billion Future Submarine Program, based at Osborne, South Australia will replace the Collins-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy and are expected to enter service in the 2030s.
The original HMAS Attack was as P90 patrol boat launched in 1967.