Australian submarine company ASC today welcomed the government’s announcement of the removal the Collins-class submarine program from the Defence Department ‘projects of concern’ list.
The news comes on the same day ASC announced that it had finalised a Goods and Services Agreement with Babcock International Group for the in-service support of Australia’s six Collins-class submarines.
Under the deal, Babcock will work with ASC to deliver a sustainment program that includes maintenance, refurbishment, supply, engineering and management services from its Submarine Systems and Design Centre (SSDC) in Osborne, South Australia, as well as ASC and Babcock facilities in Henderson, Western Australia.
ASC’s Interim CEO Stuart Whiley said removal from the projects-of-concern list recognised the high performance of the Collins-class program.
“ASC welcomes the recognition by the government of the Enterprise’s success in dramatically improving submarine availability for the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Whiley said.
“This decision recognises the fantastic work and expertise of our leading submarine platform personnel, from our skilled production trades to our engineers, project managers and supply chain managers.
“Following an organisation-wide program of innovation and reform commencing in 2012, ASC is now performing at or above international benchmarks for its scope of work on Collins-class submarine.
“ASC draws on its more than 1200 submarine personnel, including among Australia’s leading submarine platform engineers, and leverages a network of Australian expert organisations to implement sovereign industrial solutions in Collins-class sustainment.
“ASC manages the integration of the Collins supply chain and has achieved Australian content of more than 92 per cent on its scope of work in Collins-class sustainment.”
The Projects of Concern process has delivered proven results through the remediation of 17 troubled projects with a combined value of around $17 billion.
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