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Old 16th December 2016, 01:29
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I think that that heavy engineering manufacturing facility was established by the Federal Government years ago to facilitate the building of the original Anzac frigates. NZ grizzled at the time as a couple of the frigates were for the NZ navy so it ended up with NZ workshops fabricating parts of the superstructures as pre fabs, adding to the costs no doubt.
This SA workshop later built the Collins class Submarine hulls and their plant later became available to do work for private industry but my understanding is they were never competitive.
Perhaps it is rated as a strategic facility by the Defense Department and is allowed to wallow in its own potential importance.

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