The Hunter Class Frigate Program has successfully completed the structural manufacture of the first prototyping unit.
The 217sqm unit, comprising more than 28 tonnes of Australian steel, has moved from the shipyard’s primary manufacturing hall into the next stage of production where it will be outfitted and consolidated (with the addition of three more units) into the first prototyping block.
The unit is the first to have been blasted, cut and constructed in the new Osborne Naval Shipyard.
"This is a significant production milestone for the Hunter program and an important start towards establishing shipbuilding capability across the Osborne shipyard"
BAE Systems Maritime Australia Managing Director, Craig Lockhart
This particular unit and block are located in the middle of the ship and would contain the Officer’s Accommodation.
"Osborne is one of the world’s most technologically advanced shipyards, a purpose-built modern manufacturing facility built for the digital age to deliver next generation anti-submarine warships by a highly skilled Australian workforce equipped to use Industry 4.0 technologies,” said BAE Systems Maritime Australia Managing Director Craig Lockhart.
“Critically, the manufacture of the first unit has put into practice this step-change to shipbuilding programs of the past, as our employees test the full productive capacity of the yard maximising our ability to build high quality ships through our build process utilising robotics that enable high quality welds.
“This ensures an enduring and uniquely Australian sovereign industrial capability that supports Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy for future generations.”
Watch a time-lapse of the move below: