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HMAS Watson to be redeveloped

3rd February 2020 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Navy’s HMAS Watson is set to be redeveloped under a $389 million project.

The contract for the management of the work has been awarded to Lendlease Building, with works to begin in February.

The upgrade will deliver new and improved training facilities at HMAS Watson, which is the navy’s principal warfare and navigation training establishment.

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, said: ‘This investment ensures HMAS Watson will support training for over 1300 students each year.  A new training precinct, new living-in accommodation for at least 236 trainees, a medical clinic, and upgrades to existing water, electrical and communication services, base security and galleys are all part of the project.

‘Around 360 construction personnel will be employed at the site when construction reaches its peak, and it is expected that another 10,000 personnel from the local manufacturing and transport industries will benefit.’

The project will be complete by mid-2026.

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