Coalition promises to build three surprise new ships

The Coalition has surprised the defence world by committing to spend $1 billion building three new ships at the Civmec yard at Henderson, south of Perth. The announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and defence industry minister Linda Reynolds covers two new mine hunter support vessels and a hydrographic ship. The announcement appeared on the…

Audit office raises doubts over maintenance of Navy ships

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has delivered scathing criticism of Defence’s sustainment programme for some of the country’s most important naval assets. The office’s report found sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates was not meeting most of its key performance indicators. The ANZACs service life has been extended…