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New Chief Executive for Defence SA

Defence SA has appointed a new Chief Executive as the state gears up for its most significant expansion of defence projects to date.

Defence SA has appointed a new Chief Executive as the state gears up for its most significant expansion of defence projects to date.

Leading defence industry expert Matt Opie has stepped into the new role this week, as South Australia launches into the implementation of major ship-building programs at Osborne.

The shipyard will deliver the construction of Hunter Class Frigates, AUKUS nuclear-powered submarines, upgrades to Air Warfare Destroyers, and the maintenance and life extension of the Collins class submarines.

The economic impact of these programs will be staggering, with tens of billions of dollars expected to be injected into the state’s economy over the coming decades. The program will also see the creation of several new jobs.

With his expertise in the defence, space and technology sectors, Mr Opie is well-equipped to oversee and drive these critical initiatives forward.

As a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon, and after serving in the Australian Army in Australia and the Middle East, his leadership will be instrumental in guiding Defence SA through this important phase of growth and development.

“Defence has always been a key contributor to our state’s economy and this is about to expand dramatically as we see major ship-building programs get underway at Osborne,” Treasurer Stephen Mullighan says.

“While a lot of the focus has been on the AUKUS nuclear powered submarines being built right here in our state, there is even more work being done at Osborne over the coming years, giving thousands of South Australians the opportunity to work in highly skilled, well-paid jobs for many years.”

“Mr Opie is a well-regarded defence industry expert who has served our country in the Australian Army – he is the ideal candidate to help our state get the most from these lucrative defence opportunities.”

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