Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provided an update on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) new regional maintenance centre (RMC) in Darwin.

A tender has been released to look for an industry partner to manage the RMC.

This new regional maintenance centre will offer new capabilities, such as the evolved Cape-class patrol boats and Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels.

These boats and ships are projected to arrive in Darwin in the upcoming years.

Regional Maintenance Centre North is slated to commence operations next year.

This facility is expected to generate nearly $115.20m (A$160m) into the Northern Territory’s economy.

The Australian Government has plans to establish four RMCs around the four major naval homeports or support facilities in Cairns, Darwin, Henderson and Sydney.

The centres will support the ongoing naval shipbuilding programme.

HMAS Coonawarra commanding officer captain Moses Raudino said: “HMAS Coonawarra–Larrakeyah Defence Precinct has a tremendous amount of construction activity underway across the base and the changes over the next few years will add significant enhancements and additions to capability to the navy in the Top End.

“We will be able to house, feed and support a much larger workforce. We will sail ships from here that go faster and farther, with more versatile capability. We will be better placed to support multi-domain operations for both the ADF and our allies in the region as we grow our thinking, fighting, Australian Navy in the Top End.”

Last month, NORSTA Maritime won a $50.3m (A$70m) contract to serve as the regional maintenance provider for the Cairns RMC.