Nowra company wins $12million contract for Navy SAR coverage

A Nowra-based business that provides search and rescue services at HMAS Albatross has signed a $12 million contract renewal to continue providing its crucial services.

FILE PHOTO (April 2021): An AW139 helicopter operated by CHC at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, during a Rotary Wing Aero Medical Evacuation (RWAME) course run by OPSTAR. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Cameron Martin.

OPSTAR Pty Ltd’s contract will ensure Navy personnel at HMAS Albatross continue to have access to world-leading search and rescue services.

Services provided under the contract include aviation emergency response, first-response medical treatment, and extraction and recovery services, both day and night.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said OPSTAR had been instrumental in developing the search and rescue capability to prepare for a wide variety of potential incidents that may occur at HMAS Albatross and associated training areas.

“This contract will ensure that our Navy personnel receive crucial emergency response services if and when they need,” Minister Price said.

The contract will allow OPSTAR to continue providing aviation emergency response and land based rescue services at HMAS Albatross until mid-2023, with the option of two one-year extensions.

Minister Price said the contract recognised OPSTAR’s exceptional performance and dedication to Defence.

“OPSTAR employs nearly 50 people in the Nowra region and these jobs have been secured as a result of this contract.”






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Posted by Brian Hartigan

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2 thoughts on “Nowra company wins $12million contract for Navy SAR coverage

  • 26/01/2022 at 12:01 pm

    The Navy should have regained the SAR capability, the capability was lost when the latest hello’s where found unsuitable due to size. Is OPSTAR going to deploy with either of the landing ships when they are deployed?

  • 24/01/2022 at 4:06 pm

    Does this mean that Navy has/will loose its expertise in SAR. Who will do the rescuing if in a combat situation.
    Being ex army I sometimes don’t “get” navy


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