Australien – Government reforms to naval ship repair sector


The Federal Government has today announced significant reforms to the naval ship repair sector, announcing those industry entities that will be invited to tender for long-term contracts for the repair & maintenance of Navy’s major fleet units.

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, said this initiative will provide industry and Navy with greater certainty and stability in the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s major fleet units through the use of long-term, performance-based contracts.

“These reforms will provide business with greater certainty, workers in the industry with greater job security and will play a key role in the delivery and support of naval capability,” Mr Combet said.

The industry entities that will be invited to participate in the respective Request for Tender processes are:

* For the group comprising HMA Ships Success, Manoora, Kanimbla and Tobruk: ASP Ship Management, BAE Systems, KBR/Rolls Royce, Babcock/UGL Infrastructure, Forgacs/Teekay, Thales, and DMS Maritime/Transfield;

* For the group comprising the four Adelaide Class frigates: BAE Systems, KBR/Rolls Royce, Thales, and DMS Maritime/Transfield;

* For the group comprising the eight ANZAC Class frigates: BAE Systems, Babcock/UGL Infrastructure, Thales, and DMS Maritime/Transfield.”

Mr Combet congratulated the successful entities, adding that this initiative offers the opportunity to further transform Australia’s naval ship repair sector.

“It will provide Industry with greater certainty of work effort, thereby providing incentive to develop the workforce and invest in necessary infrastructure.

“In so doing, Defence will realise lower costs in the repair and maintenance of its major fleet units,” Mr Combet said.

Media contacts:
Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia