Navantia Australia opens naval design and engineering centre in Melbourne

08 May 2018

Naval shipbuilder Navantia Australia, a subsidiary of Spain-based Navantia S.A., has opened a new design and engineering centre in Melbourne.

Navantia Australia is one of three companies shortlisted for the Department of Defence’s SEA 5000 Phase 1 (Future Frigate) project alongside BAE Systems and Fincantieri. The Future Frigate project involves building nine frigates that incorporate the Australia-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar.

Navantia Australia’s Melbourne design and engineering centre will focus on supporting the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class destroyers. In a company media release, Warren King, Chairman of Navantia Australia states that the continuous naval shipbuilding program is a national endeavour.

‘Navantia Australia is continuing to grow and develop our sovereign capability, which means drawing on the best engineers and naval architects around the country,’ he says. ‘The Melbourne Naval Design and Engineering Centre will work in partnership with our Operations and Design Centre in Adelaide to ensure the success of Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability and our development into a nation with a competitive export capability.’

In February 2018, Navantia S.A. designated its Australian subsidiary the international class manager of the Hobart Class.

‘The local capability Navantia Australia has developed is significant,’ says Esteban Vilasanchez, Navantia S.A.’s Global Chairman. ‘Navantia is immensely proud of the capability we are delivering to the Royal Australian Navy in the Hobart Class.

‘With the formal transfer of the Hobart Class design authority, Navantia Australia is in an excellent position to lead the development of a sovereign naval capability. This new office will be instrumental in delivering top-class design and engineering services for Australia.’

As well as its new Melbourne facility, Navantia Australia has facilities in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra, and plans to open a West Australian facility in late 2018.