Engineering services provider Babcock has secured a three-year, £225m extension to its existing in-service support contract for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of four Victoria-class submarines.
The naval support deal has been extended to 2021 and will see the continuation of work on all of the Victoria-class submarines currently in service or undergoing refit, including deep maintenance periods as required.
The support contract involves more than 400 of Babcock’s highly experienced engineers, project managers and specialist support staff, who will continue to work on the RCN vessels as part of the arrangement.
Babcock chief executive Archie Bethel said: “Babcock is a trusted industrial partner to the Royal Canadian Navy and the extension of this strategic submarine support contract underlines the belief in our expert delivery and the world-class technical support our team provides.
“We continue to invest in Canada’s strategic submarine capability through our skilled people, involvement in the Canadian supply chain and our processes.
“We are delighted to be continuing this relationship with a much-valued customer.”
The in-service support is a comprehensive, complex alternate service delivery programme that is intended to address the maintenance, repair and overhaul, documentation and management requirements of the four ex-British Royal Navy Upholder-class, 2400t diesel-electric submarines.
RCN’s four Victoria-class submarines are known as HMCS Victoria, HMCS Windsor, HMCS Corner Brook and HMCS Chicoutimi respectively.
The vessels initially entered service with the navy between 2000 and 2004.
The Canadian submarines are deployed to carry out a wide range of missions such as counter-terrorism, in addition to supporting the Special Operation Forces.
In addition, the submarines perform constabulary roles in support of Royal Canadian Mounted Police anti-narcotic operations, as well as Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ patrols and illegal immigration interdiction operations.