Aerospace and defence company Babcock International has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence encompassing Equipment and Support (DE&S) for the asset availability service (AAS).

Under the ten-year contract, Babcock will provide support and maintenance of the ‘Domestic Master Equipment’ fitted to Royal Navy in-service ships and submarines.

The contract is valued at approximately £18m ($19.9m).

Furthermore, it allows for the future inclusion of ‘New To Service’ and ‘New Build Vessels’ into its scope when necessary.

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According to Babcock, the contract work will support the availability and reliability of Galley, Laundry and Calorifier equipment aboard the Royal Navy fleet.

This helps in making sure that the ships are ready to be deployed anywhere across the world.

Babcock Defence Systems Technology business managing director Richard Drake said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured this award.

“The Babcock team has played a vital role in maintaining domestic assets for our customer over the last 15 years, and we are delighted that this agreement has not only continued but grown.”

“We will be working with supplier partners over the course of the programme, and it is fantastic that this agreement builds on our previous contract whilst supporting the wider UK supply chain. We are very much looking forward to continuing to deliver a high standard of service to our customer over the next ten years.”

Babcock will partner with various stakeholders to deliver the contract work.

The work includes new assets installation and ‘currently fitted in-service assets’ refurbishment.

In August last year, Babcock Team 31 completed a Whole Ship Preliminary Design Review (WSPDR) for the Type 31 vessel, a planned class of frigate for the British Royal Navy.