HMAS Stirling to undergo upgrades


HMAS Stirling will be upgraded over the next 10 years. Picture: Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Stirling will be upgraded over the next 10 years. Picture: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Stirling will be enhanced through wharf upgrades and new training support facilities over the next 10 years.

It will also form part of the Defence Logistics Transformation Program to provide a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to transform defence logistics, contracts, facilities and systems to drive efficiency.

The project is designed to modernise and enhance Defence’s wholesale storage, distribution and land material functions, and provide enhanced logistics facilities.

The two announcements formed part of the Department of Defence 2016 Defence White Paper, which was released today.

The Defence White Paper set out a comprehensive long-term plan for Australia’s defence and the Government’s plans to invest in Defence to ensure the country has the armed forces needed to protect it and secure its interests in the coming decades.

The Government’s defence strategy is supported by increased defence funding, which will grow to 2 per cent of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product by 2020-21.

The funding plan provides $29.9 billion more to Defence over the period to 2025-26 than previously planned, enabling approximately $195 billion of new investment in Defence capabilities.