An official sod turning ceremony, attended by Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, marked the commencement of construction on Civmec's latest development at Henderson: a new submarine rescue service facility.
The project supports the Western Australian Government's vision for the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) to become the pre-eminent base for all Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Alliance operations in the Indian Ocean.
The facility will be operated by Phoenix International under a sub-lease arrangement with Civmec, with Civmec committing to a long-term lease as well as managing construction of the multimillion-dollar facility.
Upon completion, the facility will house a rapid launch and recovery system, hyperbaric treatment unit, and maintenance training and testing infrastructure with a seven-metre deep pool.
Its close proximity to the AMC’s Common User Facility (CUF) will enable rapid mobilisation in the event of a disabled submarine in the region.
“The AMC’s growing capacity to support ADF operations, through construction and sustainment, will provide long-term employment opportunities. We are very proud to have been at the forefront of this, and now again through the provision of this new purpose-built submarine rescue facility here on our doorstep,” said Civmec CEO Pat Tallon.
L-R: The Hon. Fran Logan, Member for Cockburn, Mr Jim Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman, the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence, Mr Pat Tallon, Chief Executive Officer and the Hon. Paul Papalia, Minister for Defence Issues.