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Babcock secures long-team HMS Queen Elizabeth Class support contract

The company has been tapped to deliver dry-dock maintenance work for the UK’s aircraft carriers over the next decade.  

The company has been tapped to deliver dry-dock maintenance work for the UK’s aircraft carriers over the next decade.  

The Royal Navy has awarded a £30 million (AU$52 million) contract to Babcock for the provision of dry-dock maintenance services across the HMS Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers over the next 10 years.


This builds on the company’s previous work developing the first docking for HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Rosyth site in 2019 and the subsequent maintenance and repairs.

As part of this latest contract, Babcock has also been tasked with providing facilities for any contingency dockings required over the 10-year contract, tipped to support 300 jobs.

Babcock has reportedly invested more than £100 million (AU$177 million) in skills, digitisation and site infrastructure over recent years at Rosyth.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide dry dockings for the aircraft carriers over the next decade,” Sean Donaldson, Babcock’s managing director of marine engineering and systems and the Rosyth site, said.

“The investments in our Rosyth infrastructure and facilities over the last 10 years mean we are ideally placed to deliver projects of this size and scale.


“The program will also benefit from the extensive knowledge and expertise of Babcock’s skilled workforce which is steeped in carrier experience. It’s a really proud moment for us.”

Babcock Australasia CEO David Ruff said the Royal Navy contract further expands the company’s global network, which includes support for the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy, and the Royal Canadian Navy.

“This experience means that we bring technologies, innovations and expertise from across our global business to build and strengthen Australia and New Zealand’s sovereign maritime capability,” Ruff said.

Earlier this month, Babcock Australasia subsidiary Naval Ship Management (NSM) and Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Ltd (A&P Australia) committed to collaborating on large ship sustainment opportunities across Australia’s east coast.

The companies, which announced their partnership at the 2022 Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition, are expected to leverage their respective experience to explore opportunities to improve sustainment outcomes for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.

NSM’s work has included overseeing the sustainment of landing helicopter docks, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra.  

The Babcock subsidiary also forms part of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) alliance, supporting the sustainment of Australia’s Anzac Class frigates.

Meanwhile, A&P holds an ongoing in-service support and sustainment contract with HMAS Choules, specialising in engineering and design, ship repair, and platform lifecycle management. 

A&P is also currently delivering a refit program in Sydney, reportedly the largest refit project in 15 years.  

[Related: Babcock, A&P strike sustainment collaboration deal]

Babcock secures long-team HMS Queen Elizabeth Class support contract
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