Wednesday, September 09, 2015
The shipbuilding package will bring forward the “Future Frigate” program to replace the current Anzac-class frigates to 2020. The construction of offshore patrol vessels to replace the Armidale class has also been moved forward to 2018. The frigates would be the Navy’s workhorses over the next few decades.


The shipbuilding announcement has been as an effect to assuage voters in South Australia, which has the highest unemployment rate among Australia’s states at 8.2 percent and is home to most of the country’s major shipbuilding infrastructure.