Serco has secured a three-year contract extension to provide training and support services at HMAS Watson in Sydney, Australia.

Under the extended contract, the company will continue to provide high-quality simulator-based maritime warfare training services on behalf of Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The three-year extension follows a successful rebid by Serco in December 2020.

With the extension, the contract period will continue until 30 June 2026.

Serco Defence managing director Clint Thomas said: “I am incredibly proud of our dedicated team at HMAS Watson and look forward to continuing to build the skills of the Australian Defence Force by providing high-quality and specialist training on behalf of the navy.”

“Serco delivered significant innovation to the contract during this time, providing adaptable and enhanced training to prepare students for the demanding scenarios they will face in their careers.”

Since 2012, Serco has been providing operation and maintenance to the RAN’s Bridge Simulators at HMAS Watson to train maritime warfare officers in a range of operations.

The maritime operations include bridge operations, ship operations and navigation in a simulated war fighting environment.

Besides, the company has been providing maintenance and engineering design services to the Training Authority Maritime Warfare at Watson since 2003.

The training team of Serco Defence comprises of former service men and women, who have already served with either the RAN or the Royal New Zealand Navy and the UK Royal Navy.

Together, the Serco Defence team mentors and trains the Maritime Warfare Officer Course students with mission critical maritime skills.

In September 2021, Serco won a contract to provide in-port services for RAN, as part of Defence Marine Support Services programme.