• Credit: Defence
    Credit: Defence

Sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Air Warfare Destroyers (DDGs) has shifted to a truly integrated model with BAE Systems Australia commencing its role as the first (in service) Capability Life Cycle Manager (CLCM) for the Commonwealth Government.

The six-year, $155 million CLCM contract establishes a new Destroyer Enterprise responsible for delivering a best practice approach for the sustainment of the three DDGs – HMAS Hobart, HMAS Sydney and HMAS Brisbane – through a partnership between Defence, Navy and industry.

"We have a strong team of talented people with extensive experience of maintaining the Hobart class and who are ready to further deliver a best practice model for the sustainment of these complex warships," said Craig Lockhart, Managing Director, BAE Systems Australia -- Maritime.
The CLCM is part of the Commonwealth’s new Maritime Sustainment Model, which will eventually apply a standardised method of delivery across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet and across all types of sustainment activity on a ship, including engineering, maintenance, supply chain and project management. 
BAE Systems is co-located with the Navy at Garden Island, Sydney, and has a team of more than 200 employees dedicated to the sustainment of the DDGs.
BAE Systems was awarded the CLCM contract in late 2022 and was previously Managing Contractor for the DDG Enterprise. The company has been working closely with the Commonwealth and industry partners to develop the Destroyer Enterprise framework, establish protocols and mobilise a modern approach to fleet sustainment. 

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