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NSM signs new long-term agreement with Sydney City Marine to support Navy’s LHD Landing Crafts

Naval Ship Management (NSM) extends its partnership with Sydney City Marine Pty Ltd (SCM) for facility and vessel maintenance services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) 12 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Landing Crafts (LLCs).

This new long-term agreement with Sydney City Marine is a natural fit for NSM after Sydney City Marine were awarded Naval Technical Bureau (NTB) qualification from the Director General Engineering – Navy for slipping and docking vessels. The agreement enables NSM to meet the contractual obligations of the LHD Asset Class Prime Contractor contract and is another example of NSM’s inclusive approach to naval sustainment and commitment to Australian industry.

NSM’s General Manager, Joe Smith said “NSM is committed to supporting local small-to-medium sized businesses throughout the Australian maritime industry and we’re proud to extend this valued partnership with Sydney City Marine.”

Sydney City Marine provides local and sovereign sustainment capabilities and is conveniently located in Rozelle with waterway access to key Defence establishments such as HMAS Waterhen and Fleet Base East (Garden Island Dockyard).

Sydney City Marine’s Director, Commercial and Defence, Warren Levin said, “this long-term agreement further validates our credentials as a key service provider for Defence assets and ensuring the availabilities of the LLCs is critical in achieving the fully operational conditions of the LHDs, a responsibility to NSM that we take very seriously”.

About Sydney City Marine

Sydney City Marine is a purpose-built, vessel repair and maintenance shipyard and marine located in the heart of the Rozelle marine hub, servicing customers from the east-coast of Australia and the broader region.

Positioned as the one-stop shop for all kinds of marine projects, from boat service and maintenance to refits and rebuilds, Sydney City Marine is Australia’s most technically advanced, full-service shipyard and marina, specialising in all facets of marine lifting, maintenance, service and repairs for Defence, Government and Commercial vessels.

Related project

Asset Class Prime Contractor – LHD and LLC

In December 2018, NSM was awarded the sustainment program as the ACPC to support the RAN’s flagship capability – the Landing Helicopter Dock – HMAS Canberra and Adelaide. This contract also includes the 12 LLC’s and the Through Life Support Facility and Navy Training System Centre based at Randwick Barracks.






Naval Ship Management (NSM) Australia was formed in 2010 as a Joint Venture between Babcock and UGL. In 2022, Babcock acquired the remaining shareholding in NSM. NSM is now fully owned and trades under Babcock.

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