Babcock International has been awarded a four-year contract to support the Brazilian Navy’s (Marinha do Brasil) flagship multipurpose aircraft carrier, NAM Atlântico (A140).
The vessel was originally owned by the UK Royal Navy (RN). It was known as HMS Ocean.
Under the contract, Babcock will provide through life support including the maintenance planning, technical advice, and knowledge transfer for the vessel.
The contract involves delivery of several technical training packages for the Brazilian Navy’s personnel deployed aboard and at the Navy’s base.
Besides, Babcock will also help the Brazilian Navy in developing a spares management system and installing and delivering related upgrades for the ship.
Works related to the contract will be carried out by an in-country team that will be deployed at the Brazilian Navy’s naval base, Arsenal De Marinha Do Rio De Janeiro (AMRJ), at the Guanabara Bay in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
This will also be Babcock’s main maintenance centre in Brazil.
Other related technical assistance will be provided by a UK-based team assigned by Babcock’s wider business.
The company has already deployed an in-country support team ahead of the first maintenance period, which is expected to commence this month.
Babcock marine support business managing director Gary Simpson said: “We are delighted to sign this contract to provide through life support to NAM Atlântico.
“Our innovative end-to-end support solution delivers support to equipment, system and platforms, optimising availability to ensure operational success for our customers around the globe.”
Recently, the company won contracts with various countries including Indonesia for Arrowhead 140 (AH140) frigate and with Poland for technology and platform design provider under MIECZNIK (Swordfish) new frigate programme.
In 2021, Babcock’s in-country subsidiary in Busan, South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to support South Korean Navy’s CVX light aircraft carrier.
Atlântico A140 contract work will be carried out at Brazilian Navy’s base in Arsenal De Marinha Do Rio De Janeiro (AMRJ) in Brazil.