$89b Naval Shipbuilding Plan Floats in Adelaide

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$89b Naval Shipbuilding Plan Floats in Adelaide

Two Offshore Patrol Vessels will be built in Adelaide

In a major boost for the state's shipbuilding credentials, the Federal Government's confirmed some big bucks for Adelaide's Osborne shipyards.

It'll share $1.3 billion for upgrades with the Henderson plant in Western Australia.

It's part of Canberra's $89 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan announced by the PM in Adelaide today.

Malcolm Turnbull says it's the largest investment the Coalition's made in any state.

The program will produce 12 submarines, 9 frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels - along with 19 Pacific patrol boats that'll be used by neighbouring countries.

The Prime Minister says thousands of jobs will be created as a result.

"Every category of skill at the cutting edge - in every respect - is going to be required here at Osborne. It is a great national enterprise," he said.

"This is the largest investment in our defence capability of our navy ever in peace time."

A $25 million naval shipbuilding college will also be set up in Adelaide to train workers who'll be needed.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says the Osborne yard will generate 5000 jobs by the mid-2020s.

"We will not be bringing foreign workers in to build the ships or submarines," he said.

But a small number of trainers will be brought in to help upskill workers on the submarine project as part of the agreement with French contractor DCNS.