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Defence industry

Defence Industry in Rockingham

Rockingham defence industry

Minutes from the heart of Rockingham, Fleet Base West is located at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island and is the Royal Australian Navy’s largest base in Australia.
At present, 12 fleet units including Anzac Class frigates and Collins Class submarines are stationed here, along with an additional 70 units including the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, Submarine Escape Training Facility (one of only six in the world), Clearance Diving Team Four, and the Defence Communications Station Perth.
Under the planned Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-Program, Fleet Base West will become homeport to additional Hunter Class frigates, Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels and Attack Class submarines when they come into service. This will result in significant expansion, sustainment and maintenance opportunities in the coming years. An estimated one billion dollars will be spent on extensions to the existing wharves, construction of new office buildings, training facilities and living accommodation to support the new vessels and personnel who will be calling Fleet Base West their new home.
The expansion of Fleet Base West has the potential to create thousands of jobs within the City of Rockingham as well as provide opportunities for local business to tender for associated contracts

Opportunities for business

Defence and the defence industry provide a unique competitive advantage for the City of Rockingham. Our proximity to Fleet Base West, the potential for local industry to meet Defence infrastructure and supply chain needs, and affordable industrial and commercial development space on the Western Trade Coast offer significant opportunities.
Along with this unprecedented investment underway at Fleet Base West, there is a Defence requirement for high local content in upcoming projects. This provides local business within the City of Rockingham the opportunity to participate in construction, maintenance and supply efforts on HMAS Stirling base. It will also open up new business opportunities to support Defence personnel, contractors and families on the mainland.

Resources for the Defence industry

  • The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is a Federal Government organisation tasked with helping small business connect, build, innovate and export in the defence industry.
  • Defence West is a State Government organisation responsible for growing the local defence industry and advocating and driving strategic projects to increase the capability and output of WA’s defence industry. 
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