Australian Department of Defense press release
Turning the first sod on the new site today, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the new system is being designed and built to support the capability requirements of the Navy.
“In a time where our submarines are operating more than ever, we must continue to ensure our submarines are prepared for any mission, including rescue operations,”
“This purpose-built facility being built in Henderson will house this important new capability, which will ensure ongoing support and training can be conducted to facilitate rapid deployment in support of a distressed submarine.”
“While the primary mission of the Submarine Rescue Service is to deliver a rescue capability for Australia’s submarine fleet, the system will also be capable of supporting other submarines operating in our region.”Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence
Civmec Construction & Engineering is building the new purpose built facility for $12.5 million, which will include supporting infrastructure for storage, maintenance and training.
It is to be built to house the new submarine rescue system, which the Federal Government is investing $279 million in, which will be up to $600 million over the life of this project, which will be here for 25 years.
The Henderson precinct is one of Australian’s two national shipbuilding centres and under the Morrison Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, 40 of 63 new naval vessels commissioned for build in Australia will be built right here in Henderson.
Construction commences today and is scheduled to be completed in February 2021.