Shipbuilder ASC has fixed the problems associated with its Collins submarine maintenance program, according to Defence Minister David Johnston.
The Adelaide Advertiser reports that Mr Johnston praised the efforts of ASC to improve productivity levels following the Coles Review into the progam.
“(John Coles) said to me that the transformation he has observed over the past two and a half years has been remarkable,” Senator Johnston told the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
“We have recovered the situation with submarines,” he added.
“Save for the fire on HMAS Waller we would have three submarines in the water ready to be tasked.”
As reported by The Guardian, in June Mr Johnston delivered a broadside to ASC in regard to its involvement in the $8.5bn project to build new air warfare destroyers.
Referring to delays and cost blowouts associated with the project, he said the government would “insert an experienced shipbuilding management team into the [shipbuilder] ASC.”
The air warfare destroyers are being built by ASC as well as Raytheon Australia. ASC’s contrcators on the project are BAE Systems, Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.