The Australian Government has signed a long-term contract for the sustainment of Anzac-class frigates based in Western Australia.
The open ended sustainment contract, which is valued at more than $2bn for the first eight years, is a strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management Australia (a joint venture between UGL and Babcock), and the Commonwealth.
The majority of the sustainment work on the frigates will be conducted in one of Australia's naval shipbuilding and sustainment centres, Henderson, with additional work to be carried out at Fleet Base East.
This partnership between Australian Defence and industry will ensure the Anzac-class frigates remain capable, safe, environmentally compliant, and cost-effective until they are withdrawn from service.
It is also expected to generate business opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses in the Australian maritime industry.
Australia has recently announced the build locations for 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPV), and up to 21 pacific patrol boats, in addition to nine previously announced Future Frigates as part of the government's $40bn Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Two shipyards have been selected to implement the naval programme with the major warships being constructed in Adelaide, and minor vessels in Henderson, Western Australia.
Image: The Royal Australian Navy's Anzac-class frigate HMAS Warramunga at sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink.