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Managing the sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy ships at Henderson, WA

As the Regional Maintenance Provider (RMP) West for Defence’s new Regional Maintenance Centre (RMC) West, Babcock manages the sustainment of Royal Australian Navy ships at Henderson in Western Australia.

The contract which commenced on 13 October 2022 will see the maintenance and sustainment of multiple classes of vessel, representing a departure from historical maintenance delivery strategy. The RMP-W will be responsible for two Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels OPVs, up to 6 Anzac Class Frigates (FFH), and an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship over the initial 5-year contract term.

The RMP-W Mission is to be “A collaborative and dynamic organisation focused on enhancing sovereign sustainment capability to plan, manage and execute maintenance in the region​”.

As RMP West, Babcock provides maintenance management and technical services including:
1.       establishing a robust, reliable, and resilient supply chain in the western region;
2.       liaising with the Commonwealth and suppliers to develop, program, coordinate, and verify maintenance delivery to meet demand;
3.       drive implementation of standardisation and continuous improvement to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of sustainment delivery; and
4.       work with local industry to support the continued development of sovereign sustainment capability over time.

The establishment of RMP West will create nearly 150 full time direct jobs and hundreds of indirect roles and is predicted to generate up to $300M in economic benefits through local industry engagement across the contract term.

After having successfully deliver the Phase In component of the contract in June 2023, the RMP-W team have successfully co-located with their CoA counterparts in the RMC and are looking forward to the successful delivery of their first Maintenance Period which will commence in December 2023.