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Shang Ma Ke wrote:more news on the AWD program:
The first of three ships being built as part of the Federal Government's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, HMAS Hobart, has been launched, with thousands of workers attending the milestone event at Techport in Adelaide.
source: ABC article 1
However, the cost has been estimated to blow out to $9 Billion for the 3 AWDs:ABC article 2
May 30 15 6:35 PM
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia's long-troubled Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program received more blows May 22 with a government announcement that the program faces continuing delays and will need at least another AUS $1.2 billion (US $920 million) to complete — sending the overall price tag for the three ships to over AUS $9 billion.
The extra money, the government said in a statement, "will have to be funded at the expense of other Defence acquisitions."
Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews and Finance Minster Mathias Corrman, in the May 22 statement, announced they would begin a search to find either a "managing contractor" to insert into ASC Shipbuilding for the remainder of the program, "or further enhance ASC capability through a partnering agreement."
The "limited tender process" was to begin May 29, Andrews and Corman said in the statement, which was prompted by a forensic audit that quantified the latest cost and schedule overruns.
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Australia Lacks Expertise to Deploy World-Class Amphibious Warfare Capability
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SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Feb 18 16 4:47 AM
2:28pm February 17, 2016Defence equipment still running late
Defence is lifting its acquisition game, with just one of more than two dozen major projects needing extra government funding and one at risk of failing to deliver full capability.
But defence still faces challenges at delivering on time, with just seven of the top 25 projects running to schedule and the rest running a combined 768 months late.
That's actually an improvement - 19 of 30 projects reviewed in 2013-14 were running a combined 1115 months late.
The exception is the $7.9 billion project to build three new air warfare destroyers, with the government announcing last year it would need an additional $1.2 billion to achieve completion.
This project is already running 34 months late.Of the 25 projects, Defence says just the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter poses a risk of capability shortfall and it says that's manageable.
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Royal Australian Navy LHD HMAS Canberra in Deck and Handling Trials with Chinook Helicopters
Amphibious ship, HMAS Canberra has conducted deck and handling trials with two Chinook helicopters alongside in Sydney recently. The aircraft, from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville will go on to conduct first of class flight trials with Canberra's sister ship, HMAS Adelaide.
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Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide participates in tri-service exercise Sea ExplorerThe Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) second Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship HMAS Adelaide has participated in the tri-service exercise, Sea Explorer, off the North Queensland coast. An additional 800 personnel besides its crew, including Townsville-based 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and Royal Australian Air Force elements were embarked on the ship.Amphibious Task Group commander captain Brett Sonter said Adelaide undertook several concurrent activities as part of Sea Explorer. Sonter said: "As part of the exercise, the ship is being assessed against operational capability requirements."
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