UK-based Atlantic & Peninsula's (A&P) Australian subsidiary has received an in-service support contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to maintain the country's Bay-class landing ship dock, HMAS Choules, over the next two years.
The new contract is a fixed-price performance-based commercial arrangement with an initial value of $60.6m.
A&P has been providing maintenance for HMAS Choules since the vessel was acquired from the UK Government in October 2011.
According to the government, the company's business expansion into the country is expected to strengthen Australian naval sustainment capability and enables continuous support to the navy.
The new contract will result in the continuation of approximately 30 jobs in the Sydney region.
This Bay-class vessel was originally commissioned with the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary service in November 2006, as RFA Largs Bay. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) acquired Largs Bay (L3006) for £65m in 2011.
Commissioned in December 2011 by the Australian Navy, HMAS Choules features a large flight deck aft that can accommodate two large helicopters and a docking well in the stern capable of operating a LCM-8 or two LCVP landing craft.
Based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design, the vessel's military lift has a capacity to load and transport up to 32 Abrams tanks, or 150 light trucks, with a capability to carry a normal load of 356 troops, or overloaded with 700.
Image: The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Choules berthed at Fleet Base East. Photo: courtesy of Saberwyn.