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NSM inks long-term contract to support Navy LHDs

Naval Ship Management (NSM) has confirmed a partnership with L3Harris Technologies to provide engineering, maintenance and supply chain solutions to support the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra Class amphibious assault ships, and their associated assets.

Naval Ship Management (NSM) has confirmed a partnership with L3Harris Technologies to provide engineering, maintenance and supply chain solutions to support the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra Class amphibious assault ships, and their associated assets.

Under the four-and-a-half-year subcontractor agreement, L3Harris will be responsible for the integrated communication systems (ICS) maintenance and support, as well as the through life support facility (TLSF), ensuring the LHD and its capabilities are seaworthy, reliable and mission ready.


This contract announcement continues to build on NSM’s well established role as the LHD asset class prime contractor, which officially got underway on 1 July 2019, following a successful six-month phase-in period.

NSM’s general manger, Joe Smith, said the contract is a good example of NSM’s inclusive approach to naval sustainment.

Smith said, “L3Harris has always been recognised as a key component of our LHD ACPC team and is already a signatory to the LHD Enterprise Charter, formalised on 1 July 2019, which sets out the vision, mission, values and behaviours within the LHD Enterprise.

“This strategic relationship with L3Harris will allow us both to provide more efficient and effective sustainment support to the LHD Enterprise. As the LHD asset class prime contractor, we have enjoyed taking the lead with L3Harris on defining NSM’s first enterprise agreement, and are actively engaged with other strategic partners to develop similar agreements that will further benefit the LHD Enterprise.”

From its origins in 2012, NSM recognised there was no need to replicate capabilities that exist within Australian industry and have developed the Inclusive Prime model.


Fundamental to the philosophy behind NSM’s inclusive prime model is its approach to partnerships. NSM strategically aligns with key partners to deliver effective, efficient naval solutions.

These strategic partners are integrated into NSM’s services and provide access to important technical data, knowledge and capabilities.

Alan Titheridge, managing director, L3Harris Technologies Australia Group, added, “This contract represents L3Harris’ ongoing commitment to supporting the Royal Australian Navy.

“We’re pleased to be working with NSM and investing in additional capability to provide world-class engineering, procurement, maintenance and project management services for Australia’s largest and most complex surface vessel, enabling the RAN to effectively communicate at sea.”

NSM is a leading provider of complete maritime sustainment solutions. Our team of sustainment experts, strategically located across Australia, work with our broad international supply chain to provide cost-effective and responsive solutions that optimise the availability, capability and seaworthiness of critical maritime assets.

Established in 2012, as a joint venture between Babcock and UGL, we now support assets across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet – most notably the Anzac Class frigates as a member of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and the Canberra Class landing helicopter docks (LHD), LHD landing craft (LLC) and associated assets.

Headquartered in Henderson, Western Australia, NSM’s national footprint and highly responsive supply chain is ideally placed to support our customers’ critical assets wherever and whenever the need may arise.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defence technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs.

The company provides advanced defence and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately US$18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries.

In Australia and New Zealand, L3Harris has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers for more than 25 years.

The company has facilities in major cities including Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide – and employs approximately 550 professionals who understand the unique needs and challenges of customers in the region.

NSM inks long-term contract to support Navy LHDs
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