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CAE secures A$50M Australian Navy training systems deal

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Illustration. Photo: Australian defense ministry

The Royal Australian Navy has signed a new “training force platforms and systems training contract’ with CAE Australia for essential platform and system training to personnel ashore.

The navy is tapping innovative new training systems as part of a plan to grow its workforce to more than 20,000 people by 2040.

Starting in January 2023, the A$50 million (approx. US$34M) contract will bring together the delivery of training services for the Canberra-class landing helicopter dock, Hobart-class guided missile destroyer, Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment, Huon-class minehunter and related cross-platform courses.

Assistant minister for defense Matt Thistlethwaite said the navy’s ability to operate and maintain current and future capability is fundamental to the defense forces’ mission.

“Consolidating platform and systems training into a single contract will allow navy to deliver trained sailors to the fleet faster than ever before, generating a capable, productive and skilled workforce,” assistant minister Thistlethwaite said.

“The new training model will be flexible and based on-shore, meaning Navy personnel will spend less time away from home and have greater access to training that suits their needs.”

Previously delivered as separate contracts, the consolidated delivery of training services in partnership with navy training personnel, will offer new opportunities for innovation and efficiency in training content and delivery.