The federal government has awarded a contract extension to the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) partners who are upgrading the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac class frigates.
The WAMA is an alliance of BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management and the Commonwealth Government and sustains hundreds of skilled shipbuilding jobs at Henderson in Western Australia (pictured) supporting a strong local supply chain
The timing of the Transition Capability Assurance Program (TransCAP) will align with BAE Systems’ plans to modernise its Henderson site so that complex capability upgrades can be delivered more efficiently.
The company has been examining replacing the current railway-based transport system that moves ships around the yard with a road vehicle system, which would increase the flexibility of the site’s operations.
BAE Systems Australia Maritime Delivery Director Greg Laxton said: “We’re excited to continue our work with the WAMA delivering through life support and asset management of the Anzac class and progressing to deliver the TransCAP (programme) which will include providing greater missile capability for the ships.
“We have developed a critical ship management capability at Henderson which has delivered significant ship-to-ship efficiencies.
“We’re investing in the local facilities, bringing innovation from the Hunter Class Frigate Program and the digital shipyard at Osborne to Henderson.”
Saab Australia will continue its long-term role as the combat systems integrator for the Anzac class frigates.
Babcock Australasia’s General Manager Warships Australia Gavin Stewart said: “Babcock, through its Australian warship division Naval Ship Management, welcomes the extension of the WAMA.
“We look forward to building on the 10+ years of experience already provided in safely delivering the sustainment needs of the Royal Australian Navy for the Anzac class platform.”
The contract extension will cover the final 12 months of the current AMCAP which is due to finish in 2024 following upgrades on HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Parramatta.
It will also cover the start of the TransCAP which will see work start on HMAS Anzac, Warramunga and Arunta to ensure they continue to serve and protect Australia.
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