Naval Ship Management has won the $1.5 billion contract to sustain and support the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) and LHD Landing Crafts (LLCs).
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne congratulated Naval Ship Management, an existing joint venture between UGL and Babcock, on being selected to sustain and support the capability over fifteen years. The program will commence from July 2019 after an initial six-month phase-in period.
“Naval Ship Management has a proven track record within similar sustainment programs, with proven performance in innovation, collaboration and building Australian Defence Industry workforce capability,” Minister Pyne said.
“More than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs will be supported in Sydney and across a national supply chain through this contract is which is valued at more than $1.5 billion.”
“The new agreement will give Australian defence industry more certainty and encourage investment in industry infrastructure, capability and jobs.”
“Naval Ship Management has committed to maximising Australian industry content through engaging its existing supply chain as well as providing increased opportunities and utilisation of SMEs in the Sydney region and across the Australian supply chain.”
“We are looking forward to working with them to ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of the LHD assets.”
“We are very proud to have been selected for this critical long-term responsibility," Joe Smith, General Manager of NSM, said. "Working with the ADF, we will bring our culture of responsiveness, transparency and collaboration to the job. Above all, we are committed to the sustainment and safety of the operations.”