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Defence Network presence at Pacific2019

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The Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the University of Tasmania's Defence Network will be strongly represented at the Pacific2019 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney from October 8-10.

AMC and UTAS will exhibit jointly alongside Defence Tasmania and will have a team of expert academic, training and professional staff available at Pacific2019, including from the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, AMC Search, College of Health and Medicine, and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

Through its Defence Network, UTAS has aligned and integrated significant research and workforce development resources to support the development of national sovereign industrial capability for continuous shipbuilding and test and evaluation.  

The Network is based upon three multidisciplinary thematic areas of Naval Systems and Maritime Assets, Remote Sensing and Autonomous Platforms, and Human System and Resilience, which will be showcased at Pacific2019.

Defence Maritime Program Manager Aaron Ingram has invited Trade Visitors and other Exhibitors to the AMC and UTAS Exhibit Stand to “Ask an Expert” about workforce development and R&D challenges, and to explore and discover potential opportunities for collaboration.

“This engagement at Pacific2019 will be a chance to discuss how UTAS’s establishment of a Maritime Defence Innovation and Design Precinct at AMC in Launceston and AMC’s partnership with the Naval Shipbuilding College will support a national collaborative approach to the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise,” he said.

As a preferred and endorsed provider of the Naval Shipbuilding College, and member of its Delivery Advisory Council, AMC is well placed and keen to engage with industry and academia on workforce supply challenges and potential partnerships as an effective means of addressing them.

The Maritime Defence Innovation and Design Precinct (MDIDP) is a Federal Government funded initiative, announced by the Prime Minister in April 2019, that will support joint Defence and industry test and evaluation of the design, performance, survivability and supportability of vessels, autonomous systems and port infrastructure and the performance and resilience of human operators. It will provide the operational hub for the UTAS Defence Network and enable industry to access the breadth of integrated capabilities, including the substantial hydrodynamics research facilities of AMC.     

Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, and University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor Professor Rufus Black are expected to make an important announcement about Tasmania’s role in Australia’s Future Submarine Program related to the MDIDP.

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Published on: 30 Sep 2019