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BAE bids for Australian ship building deal

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BAE Systems Australia has entered its bid to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy, the company announced on Thursday.




The frigates for the country's SEA 5000 Future Frigate program are part of a company effort to partner with the government to develop a long-term ship building strategy.

BAE Systems' offering is for a variant of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship frigate being built for Britain, the company said.

"By combining the formidable capability of our Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigate with the heritage and skills we have in Australia, we are sure we can offer a proposition to the government that is both transformational and compelling," Nigel Stewart, Global Maritime Business Development at BAE, said in a press release.

"Our commitment is to establish a world-class ship building capability in Australia that will build Australian ships with an Australian work force."

BAE says it has more than 3,500 employees in Australia and a "fully mature" supply chain built over its six decades of work with Australia, which the company believes puts it in prime position to build the vessels.