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Forging ahead in maritime

Victoria has extensive experience in naval shipbuilding, with more than 40 ships constructed in the State since the 1940s.

The State is a major centre for the national maritime industry and has a strong record in delivery and support to the Royal Australian Navy.

Victoria also has strong capabilities in the local defence industry supply chain, making it well-placed to contribute to the Future Nuclear Submarine, surface ship programs and other maritime capability enhancements announced in the 2021 AUKUS agreement and identified in the Commonwealth Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper.

For decades, Victoria has successfully delivered shipbuilding, supply chain and sustainment for the defence maritime sector. This has been achieved by various strategic alliances, partnerships and support programs.

With more than 500 local businesses involved in the naval maritime industry, Victoria is powered by expertise.

Melbourne is home to the Defence Science and Technology Group’s Maritime Division which provides expertise to improve maritime operational performance and sustainment.

Industry leaders

Victoria is home to leading companies with maritime design and engineering capabilities.

BAE Systems Australia has significant maritime engineering and design capabilities in Melbourne, which support Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding program.

Find out more about BAE Systems Australia.

At Siemens’ Australian headquarters in Melbourne the company provides:

  • power & control for the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC class frigates
  • power & propulsion for the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class landing helicopter docks
  • configuration management software & support for the Australian Land and Navy Defence Forces.

Find out more about Siemens Australia.

BMT Defence and Security is a subsidiary of BMT Group, a world leading independent naval architecture and maritime design company. The company has supported numerous major Defence projects, including the Air Warfare Destroyer platform design, Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) operational safety case and Auxiliary Tanker Double hull design.

Find out more about BMT Defence and Security.

French engineering company Segula Technologies has established its Australasian headquarters and Engineering and Design Centre in Victoria, a focus for its defence activities throughout the Asia Pacific.

Find out more about Segula Technologies Australia.

Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia operates a Naval Design and Engineering Centre in Melbourne, which supports Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability.

Find out more about Navantia Australia.

Page last updated 18 Jan 2024
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