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French defence giant Naval Group to open new HQ in Port Adelaide

30 Aug 2020

The French defence giant building the $90 billion Future Submarines will open its new headquarters in Port Adelaide within months, as it hires its 250th employee in Australia.

The French defence giant building the $90 billion Future Submarines in Adelaide will open its new headquarters in Port Adelaide within months.

Naval Group’s new $25 million HQ near the Hart’s Mill building in the historic precinct will eventually be home to about 350 employees.

It’s tipped to be a shot in the arm for the port’s rejuvenation, as the company ramps up its SA operations ahead of the Attack Class submarine build.

The new office will be a complete internal refit of part of the old TAFE SA building on the wharf.

It comes as the defence giant hires its 250th employee in Australia, with the total workforce expected to scale up to 1700 by 2028 during the submarine build.

Andra-Easton-is-keen-to-be-part-of-something-new-that’s-going-to-shape-our-state.pngAndra Easton is keen to be part of something new that’s going to shape our state. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe

Naval is expecting to hire another 50 staff by December.

“With our workforce rapidly expanding we need an additional base as we prepare for the move to the submarine construction yard at Osborne,” Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis said.

“Port Adelaide, with its strong heritage of waterfront industry and proximity to both Osborne

and our Keswick office, is the perfect place for this new base.”

City of Port Adelaide Enfield mayor Claire Boan said Naval basing its HQ at the port would be “fantastic for not only the local region but the state as a whole.”

She said it would be a boost for business confidence to have hundreds more potential customers and a major company moving to the port.

“It’s one of those spaces that’s just been waiting to be reawakened, and we see this as a really great opportunity,” she said.

“We’ve also got a couple of new hotels which will be finished in the next couple of years so accommodation will be a big spotlight for our area.”

Andra Easton, who was in the navy before moving across to defence industry, was Naval’s 250th employee hired in Australia.

The 43-year-old mum of three, whose expertise is managing technical data, said she spotted the job as Naval’s Information Manager on LinkedIn.

“When this opportunity came up to be part of something new that’s going to shape our state and my children’s future, and help South Australia and Australia with the technology, I absolutely couldn’t say no to it,” she said.

This article was first published on Adelaide Now