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New sustainment contract for Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyers

Sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Air Warfare Destroyers (DDGs) will today shift to an integrated model as BAE Systems Australia commences its role as the first Capability Life Cycle Manager (CLCM) for the Commonwealth Government.

The six-year, $155 million CLCM contract establishes a new Destroyer Enterprise responsible for delivering a best practice approach for the sustainment of the three DDGs.

These DDGs include HMAS Hobart, HMAS Sydney, and HMAS Brisbane, and will be delivered through a partnership between Defence, Navy, and industry.

The CLCM is part of the Commonwealth’s new Maritime Sustainment Model, which will eventually apply a standardised method of delivery across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.

The standardised method will be applied across all types of sustainment activity on a ship, including engineering, maintenance, supply chain, and project management.

Managing Director of Maritime at BAE Systems Australia, Craig Lockhart, said they have a strong team of people with experience in maintaining the Hobart Class.

“We have a strong team of talented people with extensive experience of maintaining the Hobart class and who are ready to further deliver a best practice model for the sustainment of these complex warships,” said Lockhart.

“We look forward to working with our partners in the Navy, Defence, and industry to build a level of expertise in surface combatant sustainment that will provide an exemplar for the wider Navy fleet.”

BAE Systems is co-located with the Navy at Garden Island, Sydney, and has a team of more than 200 employees dedicated to the sustainment of the DDGs.

BAE Systems was awarded the CLCM contract in late 2022 and was previously Managing Contractor for the DDG Enterprise.

The company has been working closely with the Commonwealth and industry partners to develop the Destroyer Enterprise framework, establish protocols, and mobilise a modern approach to fleet sustainment.

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