Equal to the scale of two homes and taking 45,000 hours, the primary metal ‘block’ has been constructed by shipbuilders engaged on the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hunter Class Frigate Program. The most important floor shipbuilding program in Australian defence historical past continues to make sturdy progress on the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia. There are 22 blocks in every Hunter class frigate. Shipbuilders are initially manufacturing prototype 5 prototype ship blocks to check and refine the processes, methods, instruments, amenities and workforce abilities forward of building of the primary Hunter class frigate.

BAE Techniques Australia Managing Director — Maritime, Craig Lockhart, mentioned: “All through building of the primary prototype ship block, our highly-skilled workforce has been in a position to incorporate new, extra environment friendly and efficient ship-build strategies and improvements into our processes. Already, the standard and productiveness we’re attaining is effectively above the place we thought it could be at this stage of prototyping. This high quality demonstrates the potential of a robust future for steady naval shipbuilding in Australia. We’re working in direction of attaining new benchmarks in manufacturing effectivity and high quality and the brand new processes we’re growing enable a lot larger engagement with Australian suppliers.”


Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter-class Frigate

Block 16 specs:
Weight: 141 tonnes
Contains: 4 metal models, referred to as UB24, UB24B, UB34 and UB34B
How they turned one: UB24 and UB24B have been constructed right into a half block, and UB34 and UB34B have been constructed into one other half block. Each half blocks have been horizontally constructed to kind one prototype block
Dimension: 452 sq. metres – equal to 2.5 average-size Australian houses
Size of time it took to assemble: 45,000 hours (lower metal was December 2020)
Variety of trades concerned: 35, together with engineering, boilermaking, fabrication, venture administration and building

The primary prototype block, referred to as Block 16, weighs greater than 140 tonnes and its building concerned the experience of 35 completely different trades, together with engineers, boiler makers, welders, fabricators and venture managers. Over the approaching weeks and months, the Hunter program will proceed developing the second and third prototype blocks, every extra complicated than the final. This primary prototype block would kind a part of the center of the ship the place there are lodging areas. In mid-2023, the prototyping program will start the manufacturing of extra blocks incorporating the Hunter class design modifications, with these blocks truly being utilized in one of many first three ships.