The government has signed a $12 million contract with a Nowra business that is providing crucial search and rescue services at HMAS Albatross.
OPSTAR’s contract ensures Navy personnel at HMAS Albatross continue to have access to search and rescue services including aviation emergency response, first response medical treatment and extraction and recovery services both day and night.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract was a testament to the strength of the defence industry in Nowra and the wider NSW South Coast region.
“OPSTAR has been instrumental in developing the search and rescue capability to prepare for a wide variety of potential incidents that may occur at HMAS Albatross and associated training areas,” Minister Price said.
“This contract will ensure that our Navy personnel receive crucial emergency response services if and when they need.”
The contract will allow OPSTAR to continue providing aviation emergency response and land based rescue services at HMAS Albatross until mid-2023, with the option of two one-year extensions.