A keel-laying ceremony has taken place in Adelaide for the second of three air warfare destroyers.

A keel-laying ceremony has been held in Adelaide for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) HMAS Brisbane.

Premier Jay Weatherill said Monday’s ceremony marked the start of the consolidation of the second warship on South Australia’s Techport Australia common user facility.

“It continues the progress on the $8 billion AWD project, the largest and most complex defence project in Australia,” he said.

“The first ship is nearly fully consolidated and blocks are underway for the third ship.”

The premier said 1800 people are directly working on the project in Adelaide, out of a national total of more than 2800 workers.

Defence Industries Minister Jack Snelling said SA’s world class shipbuilding infrastructure and highly skilled workers positioned the state to capture a significant share of any future defence work.