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Australian Submarine Agency

Australian Submarine Agency
Agency overview
Formed1 July 2023; 11 months ago (2023-07-01)
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Employees350 (1 July 2023)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyDepartment of Defence

The Australian Submarine Agency (ASA), formerly the Nuclear-Powered Submarine Task Force (NPSTF) is the federal statutory agency of the Australian Government responsible for the management and oversight of Australia's nuclear-powered submarine program. The ASA was established as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity under the Department of Defence consisting of defence personnel and Australian public servants. Personnel will be based across Australia as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States, numbering 350 increasing to 680 within the following year.[1]

Submarine acquisition

The role of the ASA is to support Australia's acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines. The acquisition, through the AUKUS partnership, will include three Virginia-class and five SSN-AUKUS submarines. USS Delaware (SSN-791) and USS New Jersey (SSN-796) are likely to be the two existing United States Navy fleet units that will transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, with the third vessel being a new build.[2]

Submarine construction

The ASA will be the lead agency for nuclear vessel construction, with the Osborne Naval Shipyard designated as the preferred location for the construction of nuclear submarines in Australia.[3] Five Australian SSN-AUKUS submarines will be built in South Australia as part of the arrangement with an undetermined amount of the same design to be built by BAE Systems Submarines for the Royal Navy.[4]

Nuclear vessel support

As part of the transition from diesel-electric to nuclear-powered submarines, the Royal Australian Navy will be using one Royal Navy and four United States Navy submarines stationed at HMAS Stirling on a rotational basis under the name Submarine Rotational Force – West (SRF-West).[5]



Name Post-
Term began Term ended
Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO 1 July 2023 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ a b Department of Defence. Launch of the Australian Submarine Agency.
  2. ^ "Australian Submarine Agency Commences Operations". 1 July 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  3. ^ Defence Minister Richard Marles; Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy (14 March 2023). "Press conference – Parliament House, Canberra". Department of Defence Ministers. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  4. ^ "BAE Systems to play a key role in the delivery of AUKUS submarines". BAE Systems (Press release). 13 March 2023. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Submarine Rotational Force – West". 4 July 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
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