The Hunter Class Frigate Program

Please join Engineers Australia Mechanical Group for a technical presentation on The Hunter Class Frigate Program.
The Hunter Class Frigate Program

Image credit ASC Shipbuilding, BAE Systems Australia

The nine new Hunter Class Frigates will replace the ANZAC class frigates. Prototyping will begin in late 2020, before steel is cut on the first frigate in 2022.

The objectives of this program are:

  • Deliver nine anti-submarine warfare frigates based on the Type 26 design with minimum change
  • Contribute to sovereign shipbuilding capability and continuous naval shipbuilding for Australia
  • Build Australian industry capability by maximising opportunities for Australian suppliers

The Hunter program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program, so opportunities on the horizon for our highly skilled trades are immense and long-lasting.

The overall benefit will not only be nine highly capable anti-submarine warfare frigates, but a sustainable ongoing naval shipbuilding industry with a highly skilled Australian capability and workforce.

About the Speakers:


Chris has over 19 year’s Engineering, Project Management and Operational experience in Oil and Gas, Automotive Design and Maritime Acquisition and Sustainment. His Maritime experience covers nearly all of the current naval platforms in operation by the Commonwealth of Australia.
Starting his career with Schlumberger Oil and Gas as a Drilling Engineer before joining BTR Automotive as a Design and then Project Engineer for their Ford Automatic Transmission product.
In 2005, Chris joined the Williamstown Shipyard as the Lead Field Engineer for “HMNZS Wellington” on Project Protector for the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. Since then his career has covered a multitude of roles through both Acquisition and Sustainment programmes including Project Manager Combat Systems Sensors for LHD Acquisition, and Operations Manager, Lead Project Manager and Engineering Manager for Engineering Services – Maritime Sustainment.
He led the team that received the 2011 Silver Chairman’s Award - Supporting our Total Performance Culture, for a 3 crane lift and rotation on Block 103 for the AWD programme.
His current role is as Combat Engineering Capability Manager on the Hunter Class Frigate Programme and he holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) with First Class Honours and Masters of Engineering Management, both from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Diploma in Project Management.


Bin started his career in 1984 with Eglo Engineering, working on catamaran ferries, offshore and mining projects.
In 1991 he began working at Williamstown Shipyard and was responsible for setting up the yard facility for the ANZAC Ship Project. He was the Project Engineer for the construction of the superstructure of the FFG Class frigate Newcastle, Ship Manager for two ANZAC Frigates (Tekaha and Warramunga), and then moved on to lead the detail design office for the upgrades to the ANZAC Ships and was the Project Engineering Manager for the later part of the construction of the AWD Blocks.
He is currently the Detail Design Principal (Stage 3) for the Hunter Class Frigate Project and studied at Swinburne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree.


Chris has over 18 year’s operational experience in manufacturing, testing, engineering and sustainment management. Chris has a passion for delivering Naval ships into service, and is proud to have successfully managed the LHD Test and Commissioning.
He believes his success is due to his ability to work with stakeholders to identify the root cause of complex engineering issues and leading the practical resolution of these causes.
Chris started his career for Visy Industries in high volume paper manufacturing, gaining experience in maintenance and reliability, and capital works design, installation and commissioning.
In 2005, Chris joined the Williamstown Shipyard as the Field Engineer Manager on Project Protector for NZ MOD and has since held various role within BAE Systems’ Maritime business
Including LHD Test & Trials Manager.
Currently part of BAE Systems Australia Technology office as part of the Design Team working with all domain teams.
Chris has received multiple BAE Systems’ Chairman’s Awards in recognition of his performance, including International Gold Award 2015 – Exceeding Customer Exceptions category, and he holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Engineering (Mechanical) from Monash University, Graduate Certificate in Management from Charles Sturt University and Diploma in Project Management.




11 / 11 / 2019 - 05:45 pm to 07:00 pm
Registration Closes
11 / 11 / 2019 05:00 pm
Engineers Australia South Australia
Level 11
108 King William Street
South Australia
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Key Speaker(s)
Chris Sutton, Bin Tan and Chris Coates
Engineers Australia Mechanical Group
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