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August 4, 2006

First images of latest Australian AWD design

Gibbs & Cox reports that the first images of the Evolved Design for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project were unveiled by the Minister of Defence Brendan Nelson in Adelaide at the opening of the new AWD Systems Centre.

The images show the advanced capabilities of the Evolved Design, with 360-degree protection for Australian troops against threats of air, underwater or missile attack.

The Evolved Design provides continuous 24-hour protection with 64 missile cells, two helicopter hangars, extended range and good future growth capabilities.

Gibbs & Cox is part of the Evolved Team working at the AWD Systems Centre on the new design, which also includes ASC Shipbuilder Pty Ltd, Raytheon Australia, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and the Defence Materiel Organisation.

Gibbs & Cox Chairman Kevin Moak said the Evolved Design Team has the proven experience and specialist skills to deliver the next generation of warship for Australia.

"The team is highly focused and working harmoniously in a dynamic environment at the new AWD Systems Centre to achieve an affordable solution to the capability needs," Moak said.

"Defence will present a final design to Government for consideration next year. We look forward to the opportunity to provide the Australian Defence Force with a leading edge, affordable and fully capable Evolved Design," he continued.

Gibbs & Cox Australia Managing Director Peter Croser is working to grow the company's Adelaide workforce from just one employee early this year to about 100 people in the medium term--primarily specialist marine engineers, naval architects and designers.

"The project is attracting skilled people and their families from throughout Australia and overseas to work on the Evolved Design," Croser said. "There has been high demand for these specialist jobs resulting in a top quality workforce in Adelaide.

"We now have specialist technical expertise in Australia from Concept Design to Through-Life Support, with the ability to 'reach back' to the U.S .when needed."

Gibbs & Cox has been contracted to work as part of the Evolved Team on the successful development of the Evolved AWD Design

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