The defense industry will act as a “steward” for RAN’s Hobart-class destroyers as part of its new approach to sustainment.
Tenders were opened today for a Capability Lifecycle Manager, who will see industry supporting and supporting destroyers throughout their lifetimes.
Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price urged Australian industry to be part of an “innovative new model” supporting Navy ships.
“This model builds on the success of our continued shipbuilding initiative and was designed to ensure that we can continue to provide a complex naval capability at sea that is reliable and fit for purpose,” said Minister Price . “This includes asset management for the capability and support for upgrading their combat management system.
The government will invest up to $ 5.1 billion for upgrades at the Osborne shipyard in South Australia as part of a major expansion of Australia’s naval capabilities announced on September 16, 2021.
The destroyers will be the first major platform to have a Capability Lifecycle Manager, a further step in realizing the future model of maritime support under the Galileo Plan – covered by editor Nigel Pittaway in the September edition of SMA.
It follows Raytheon’s appointment as Capability Life Cycle Manager for the new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels in December 2020.
The Galileo plan shifts surface fleet sustainment from the current methodology, which supports each class of ship individually and often sees sustainment itself as the primary objective, to an integrated approach with capacity as the ultimate goal.
The work is being undertaken by the Maritime Systems Division of CASG, currently headed by Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, and also takes into account the government’s National Shipbuilding Plan and the current Navy plans Pelorus and Mercator, which respectively address naval strategy and naval engineering strategic plan. .
An industry briefing will be held on the Hobart Capability Life Cycle Manager-class destroyer on November 4, 2021.
Offers must be received no later than January 21, 2022. Further information is available on AusTender.