Randwick Navy training centre expansion complete

Today marks the completion of the $24 million extension of the Navy Training Systems Centre at Randwick Barracks by St Hilliers, in time for the first Navy training course commencing this week.

FILE PHOTO (August 2019): NUSHIP Stalwart slips into the water in Ferol, Spain, during her well-attended ceremonial launch. Navantia drone image.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the new facilities would support specialised training for crews of the two new auxiliary oiler replenishment ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy.

“The training centre extension includes specialist training rooms and simulators to train Navy’s crews in how to operate and maintain the new Supply-class vessels,” Minister Price said.

“These works are the first to be completed under the Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-program, which involves approximately $2 billion of new facilities and infrastructure works to be delivered across Australia over the next seven years.”

She said St Hilliers used local businesses for 84 per cent of the sub-contract work.

The Navy Training Systems Centre at Randwick Barracks was officially opened in 2016.

The first Supply-class vessel, HMAS Supply, will enter service this year, with full operational capability scheduled for 2022.

The second ship, HMAS Stalwart, is expected to enter service in 2022.

Supply and Stalwart will replace the current replenishment tankers HMAS Sirius and ex-HMAS Success, which was decommissioned on 29 June 2019.

 

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