DCNS Australia today celebrated the founding of their Australian headquarters in Keswick, Adelaide, which will be dedicated to delivering the Future Submarine Program. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Defence Industries, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Defence and a number of parliamentarians and defence sector figures.
“This is an important initial milestone in DCNS’ decades long commitment to the design and contruction of 12 regionally superior submarines in Adelaide,” said Sean Costello, Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Australia.
“The facility will become operational in early 2017 to support our activities around Australia. This will include transferring technology from France to Australia, the development of the Australian supply chain and the design of a new shipyard in Adelaide.
“We are planning from the beginning to maximize the participation of Australian business in this $50 billion project. As an indication of local enthusiasm, just two weeks ago over 450 Australian companies, R&D institutions and educational organisations attended a Future Submarine Program briefing event in Adelaide.
“This facility, and our local Adelaide workforce starting with 50 people in 2017, marks the beginning of our relationship as part of the community.”
The DCNS Australia Adelaide Future Submarine Facility is located at 1 Richmond Road, Keswick.
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