ASC exists to serve the frontline of Australia’s naval defence capabilities. Initially established in 1985, ASC was subsequently chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of six Collins Class submarines. At the conclusion of the Collins Class submarine build program in 2003, ASC commenced a 25-year contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the ongoing repair, maintenance and design upgrades of the submarines through-life. This contract was replaced by the In Service Support Contract (ISSC) in mid-2012.
In 2005, ASC was awarded the role of Shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project. These are the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia and are being constructed at ASC’s state-of-the art shipbuilding facility - ASC South - located at Osborne, South Australia.
ASC is the lead Shipbuilder for the AWD Alliance, which is made up of ASC, the DMO representing the Australian Government, and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator. We employ more than 2,600 permanent employees across our three facilities in South Australia and Western Australia.
ASC is committed to supporting the Australian Defence Force by maintaining open lines of communication with
our customer, understanding our customer’s expectations and priorities, implementing productivity and efficiency improvements, and striving to deliver the best results for defence.