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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Destroyer project now three years behind schedule

The $8 billion project to build Australia’s most powerful warships — already bedevilled by cost and schedule overruns — will run at least an extra year late with the first ship not due for delivery until 2017.

The latest delay pushes delivery out three years behind schedule and was revealed by senior defence official Colin Thorne from the Defence Materiel Organisation.

He has read a damning but secret report into the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program by naval shipbuilding experts Don Winter and John White, that the government refuses to release.

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