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Babcock continues in-service submarine sustainment for Collins Class, strengthening Australian Industry Capability

Babcock’s sustainment contract with ASC Pty Ltd (ASC) has been extended by two years, ensuring continued in-service support to Australia’s Collins Class Submarine fleet and Australian Industry Capability (AIC).

Babcock will continue to work alongside ASC to deliver a sustainment program from its engineering and maintenance facilities in Osborne, South Australia and Henderson, Western Australia until September 2022.

Babcock Australasia’s Managing Director – Defence, Andy Davis, said the contract extension incorporates Babcock’s commitment to continuous improvement and efficiencies to support the Collins Class Program.

“Partnering with ASC, Babcock combines its engineering, maintenance and systems integration capabilities to sustain the Collins Class submarines,” Mr Davis said.

“Babcock designs, manufactures and provides through life support for critical systems including the Weapons Launch System, Weapons Handling System, Submerged Signal Ejectors and Air Purification Units.

“We have a team of more than 40 local employees supporting the Collins Class Submarines and the contract extension will provide ongoing employment and retention of this critical sovereign capability.

“AIC is embedded in Babcock’s operating model. We are committed to building local capacity as well as capability in technology, engineering, design, sustainment, supply chain and training across Australia and New Zealand.

“Sovereign capability is fundamental to our business here in Australasia. By providing AIC, we establish longer term, sovereign defence capability for the decades of design, manufacturing and sustainment ahead.”

ASC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Stuart Whiley, said ASC understands the importance of maintaining a secure, sovereign supply chain to deliver world-class submarine availability to the Royal Australian Navy.

“Our relationship with Babcock epitomises the positive outcomes of companies working closely together, not just for the security of our nation, but to grow and maintain lasting jobs in our local defence industry,” Mr Whiley said.

About Babcock

Babcock Australasia is a 100% Australian company, employing over 1300 Australians and New Zealanders. Operating across Defence, Emergency Services and Oil & Gas sectors, we support our customers’ technical, programme and complex platform requirements through our proven processes, systems and people. A subsidiary of Babcock International Group, we are proud to help keep our nation secure, our communities safe and the country moving, using Babcock’s specialist skills and knowledge to facilitate our client’s operational requirements.

A global solution being delivered locally.

About ASC Pty Ltd

ASC is Australia’s sovereign submarine sustainment and maritime services company. As Australia’s largest locally owned defence prime contractor, ASC employs more than 1,300 personnel in South Australia and Western Australia, delivering world benchmark submarine sustainment, upgrade, supply chain management and training services to the Royal Australian Navy, primarily for the Collins Class submarine fleet. ASC is also a trusted Australian partner to major international submarine and warship designers, sustainers and equipment manufacturers, and provides naval platform construction services across a number of programs.

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