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July 27, 2022

SEA receives contract extension for UK DE&S’ NSIPS contract

Work will include support for configuration management of all in-service submarines’ combat systems.

UK-based firm SEA has received an extension for the UK Defence Equipment & Support’s  previously awarded naval systems integration process service (NSIPS) contract.

Tasked by the UK Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), the latest award has extended the scope of work under NSIPS contract.

It includes support for the configuration management of the combat systems for all the in-service submarines of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN).

The configuration management work will involve updating submarine platforms and provide a forecast for future updates and associated equipment authorities.

In March, SDA received the NSIPS contract that involves four activities and is expected to complete later this year.

Apart from configuration management, the activities include providing changes to vessel’s fit definition, that will involve SEA updating all the changes within NSIPS database, called GRIFFIN.

The company will also handle codification requests for updates on existing combat systems and/or requests for new equipment.

Other works include providing database services to ensure that stakeholders are informed, and feedback requests raised during the gap-in-service are addressed.

Furthermore, the Maritime Combat Systems Integration Authority requested SEA to perform two additional tasks.

Under the first task, SEA performed a stakeholder-led update for the GRIFFIN database, which included suggestions offered by the stakeholders for improving the database.

As part of the second task, SEA will prepare to include the RN’s Type 45 Destroyer and Queen Elizabeth Carriers (QEC) into scope of the NSIPS contract, providing full support for the platforms in future.

SEA managing director Richard Flitton said: “As we begin the largest stakeholder-led update to the GRIFFIN database to date, we’re looking forward to adding value and driving changes that will deliver benefits for all stakeholders for years to come.”

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