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High degree of commonality between Hunter and City class as contract signed for Aus programme

14th December 2018 - 13:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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With the award and signing of the contract to begin the formal design and build work of the Hunter-class frigates destined for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the programme can now move forward in earnest as it looks to meet a 2022 deadline for first steel cutting.

The contract was awarded to BAE Systems Australia’s new subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding, which was structurally separated from ASC Pty and acquired on 14 December.

BAE Systems Australia chief executive Gabby Costigan stated: ‘We are extremely proud to have been chosen to design and manufacture a formidable fleet of frigates that will give

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