Amphibious Deployment and Sustainment — JP 2048 Phase 4A/B
Prime Contractor: BAE Systems Australia Defence (formerly Tenix Defence).
2010/2011 spend: $553 million
This phase of the project will acquire two 27,000-tonne Amphibious Ships referred to as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships to replace the Heavy Landing Ship HMAS Tobruk and one of the two Landing Platforms Amphibious (either HMAS Manoora or Kanimbla).
This project is one of a number of projects grouped under the Amphibious Deployment and Sustainment (ADAS) Program and designed to replace and enhance Navy’s amphibious and afloat support capability.
Design reviews were completed in 2009 and the first LHD keel-laying occurred on 23 September 2009. First steel was cut for the second LHD on 2 February 2010, seven weeks ahead of schedule. Approximately 25 per cent of the first LHD had been erected on the slipway by the end of March 2010. The ships are due to be accepted in January 2014 and August 2015.
Schedule risks include the ability of the contractor to attract sufficient personnel to meet the resource profile, and the extensive work needed to set up in-service support arrangements and to assist Navy to prepare to operate the capability. The first of these risks is being actively managed by the contractor through recruitment and internal transfers. The second risk is being managed by the project office through a range of strategies including regular briefings for Australian industry to help local companies plan for the support program.