Hargraves Institute takes initiative in leading the organisation of Australia’s recent Future Submarine debate in the form of the Sub Summit 2015 which was held recently in Adelaide.
The Future Australian Submarine project is Australia’s biggest defence project ever, estimated to be over AUD$50 billion and spanning some 40 years of design, build and in service capability for the security of our nation.
When asked why the Hargraves Institute was so instrumental in organising this Summit, Mark Ryan, Hargraves Institute’s Member Advocate for SA stated that “Hargraves is a leading authority in innovation and the outcomes in terms of innovative thought, creation and skills achievement from an advanced manufacture project such as the future submarine project is critical to Australian industry and our national advanced manufacture development.”
The Sub Summit was the pinnacle of debate for Government, Industry and international ship building industries. The Sub Summit was the first time that all four submarine building countries were represented at the same forum. We had senior executives from TKMS, the German Submarine builders, DCNS which builds the French submarine, SAAB of Sweden and there were two senior Japanese Vice Admirals representing the Japanese option.
The Prime Minister’s opening speech was delivered by the Defence Minister the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, followed by the Opposition Leader the Hon Bill Shorten MP, The Hon David Feeney MP, The Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP (SA Minister for Defence Industry and Veterans Affairs) and a list of experts from all fields over the two days of proceedings.
The Sub Summit was a tripartite collaboration between the Hargraves Institute, The Royal United Services Institute of Australia and Sage International. It delivered a powerful outcome in the form of informed debate. Generating over $1 million dollars of media exposure and reporting internationally across Europe Japan and Asia. “The Australian public is now very aware of the issues associated with selecting a future submarine as well as the issues of building in Australia and all that that entails” Mark Ryan said.
Innovation that flows from advanced manufacture is so important to this nation and Hargraves Institute will champion its facilitation at every opportunity. We know that collaboration is one of the key accelerators in any industry solution and brining all of the players together, at an international level, for the Sub Summit did achieve a powerful outcome for Australia.