The Government of Australia has signed a contract with General Electric (GE) for maintenance and logistics support services to the gas turbines installed in the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Adelaide and Anzac-class frigates.
Under this contract valued at more than $50m, GE will deliver depot level maintenance to the gas turbines, as well as programme management and on-site field service support.
The contract is expected to last up to six and a half years. It also includes access to a global supply chain, knowledge transfer to 'up-skill' RAN personnel.
In addition the Australian Defence Ministry has stated that the new deal will secure the retention of Australian and New Zealand suppliers.
The Adelaide-class frigates are powered by a gas turbine for main propulsion and feature two retractable auxiliary units, which provide a secondary means of propulsion and manoeuvrability in confined waters.
They are also equipped with the standard medium-range anti-aircraft missile, the Harpoon anti-ship missile, a 76mm gun for air and surface threats, and one 20mm Phalanx close-in-weapon system for anti-missile defence.
In July 2014, Thales secured a four-and-a-half-year contract for Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate (FFG) group maintenance.
The 118m-long Anzac-class frigates vessel have a displacement capacity of 3,600t and are capable of accommodating a crew of 163. The vessels have a speed of 27k, with a maximum range of 11,000km.
Within ten Anzac-class frigates, eight vessels are owned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the remaining two are operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
The Anzac frigates are armed with one eight-cell MK41 vertical launching system for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile and each ship is designed to accommodate, operate and maintain its own helicopter.
Image: HMAS Darwin, the fourth ship in the Adelaide-class. Photo: courtesy of US Navy, Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.