• HMAS Canberra off the coast of Townsville. Defence
    HMAS Canberra off the coast of Townsville. Defence

BAE Systems has submitted its bid to the government to provide ongoing sustainment and support for the Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHD), LHD Landing Craft (LLC) and associated shore support facilities.

BAE Systems has partnered with Atlantic & Peninsula Australia, Saab Australia and Navantia Australia to maintain the capabilities of the LHD assets and optimise the sustainment and support system.

BAE Systems Australia was the prime contractor for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project and has provided the initial five year in-service support for the ships.

The company has supported HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide from their base at Garden Island, providing the sustainment necessary to ensure the ships are capable and available to undertake a range of operational requirements. 

Atlantic & Peninsula Australia has delivered support to HMAS Choules, drawing on the company's amphibious ship support experience. Saab will primarily be involved in supported the LHD Combat System.

Navantia constructed the hulls for the Canberra class based off an existing design in service with the Spanish navy. Navantia is also the platform designer and prime contractor for the twelve LLCs. The LLCs were designed and built to specifically operate with the RAN’s two LHDs.

“BAE Systems is proud to have submitted its response to the Australian Government for the LHD Asset Class Prime Contractor (ACPC) program," BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said. "We have a long history of supporting the LHD and maritime sustainment for the RAN that not only includes the LHD but also four other classes of ships." 

“Through our role in the LHDs acquisition and transition to service, we have developed a deep understanding of them and we have a strong Australian supply chain in place to support their sustainment. 

“We have partnered with the right companies to ensure that we provide the best customer offering. Our commitment to maritime sustainment as well as our role in shipbuilding supports the Government’s plans for a future naval shipbuilding industry that delivers comprehensive Australian Industrial Capability and supports local jobs and the wider economy.”

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