The Hunter class frigate program, which will deliver a fleet of nine world-class anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, is currently underway at South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.
The Hunter program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across business and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program. Already, more than 170 South Australian businesses have registered their interest in their Hunter program through the Industry Capability Network.
The Hunter class frigates will be built by BAE Systems Maritime Australia (formerly ASC Shipbuilding), and are expected to enter service in the late 2020s. The new frigates will be among the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates, designed for maximum versatility and flexibility in operational roles from humanitarian and disaster relief operations to high-intensity warfare.