Work starts on WA submarine rescue base

Work is under way on a new submarine rescue facility in Western Australia that will help vessels stranded in emergency situations.

The $12.5 million project in Henderson, south of Perth, will replace the Australian Defence Force’s ageing submarine rescue system.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says it will also be capable of supporting other nations’ submarines operating in the region.

“In a time where our submarines are operating more than ever, we must continue to ensure our submarines are prepared for any mission, including rescue operations,” she said on Thursday.

The site will house a rapid launch and recovery system, hyperbaric treatment unit, and maintenance training and testing infrastructure with a seven-metre deep pool.

Construction is due to finish next February.