The South Korean branch of engineering services company Babcock has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to support the Republic of Korea Navy’s (ROKN) future vessels.

The companies will work together to provide system integration solutions and defence expertise for the ROKN’s surface and sub-surface vessels.

Babcock Korea director Clinton Bixter and DSME special ship division sales director WS Jung signed the MoU with support from the UK Ambassador at the DSME office in Seoul.

WS Jung said: “Through cooperation with Babcock, we shall secure core technology required for fleet business and do our utmost to build the cutting-edge fleet required by Republic of Korea Navy.”

The Daewoo-Babcock partnership comes after Babcock and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed an MoU last year to support the South Korean Navy’s future light carrier vessel (CVX) project.

In addition, Babcock’s in-country subsidiary is supporting the Korean Ministry of National Defence by investing in a maintenance, repair and overhaul and assembly plant in Busan.

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Babcock Korea currently uses the centre to support the ROKN’s programmes.

Babcock International chief corporate affairs officer John Howie said: “We are delighted to be able to sign the memorandum of understanding with DSME in support of international opportunities.

“Working alongside our CVX partner HHI, we will combine our experience across design and build and technology integration to build innovative systems integration solutions for vessels above and below the waterline.”

In a separate development, Babcock has awarded Shield Marine Services a supply and installation contract for deck coverings for the UK Royal Navy’s Type 31 General Purpose Frigates.

Under the terms of the contract, Shield Marine Services will supply and install carpets, vinyl and resin systems to five vessels to be built at Babcock’s site in Rosyth, Scotland.