A key contract for supporting Australia’s new Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHDs)
3rd Oct 2014
A key contract for supporting Australia’s new Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHDs) has been awarded to BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Mr Warren King, announced the contract to support the two LHDs over the next four years on September 26.
“BAE Systems will provide a continuity of knowledge and experience as they maintain the LHDs during this vital transition period from the acquisition project to full operational service with Navy,” Mr King said.
He said BAE Systems are best placed to ensure that sustainment requirements of engineering maintenance and supply support for the LHDs are met in an efficient, effective and economical manner.
The LHD Transition In-Service Support Contract has a budget of approximately $220 million over four years.
The majority of the work is expected to take place in Sydney where the LHDs will be home ported, resulting in the creation of over 40 new jobs.
Director of Maritime, BAE Systems, Bill Saltzer commented:
“We are very pleased to have finalised and signed the LHD Transition In-Service Support Contract with the Commonwealth. BAE Systems Australia is best placed to provide the engineering, maintenance and support services that will be needed to keep these huge and complex warships in top operating condition by applying the tremendous knowledge and capabilities developed as the prime contractor for the design, build and testing of the LHDs, as well as our proven track record as the leading sustainment provider to the Royal Australian Navy with teams supporting the ANZAC Class Frigates, Adelaide Class (FFG) Frigates, Landing Craft, Hydrographic Ships and now the largest ever RAN vessels, the LHDs.”