Naval Ship Management (NSM) has expanded its partnership with Sydney City Marine (SCM) for facility and vessel maintenance services for the Royal Australian Navy’s 12 landing helicopter dock (LHD) landing crafts (LLCs).
This new long-term agreement with Sydney City Marine is a natural fit for NSM after SCM was awarded Naval Technical Bureau (NTB) qualification from the Director General Engineering – Navy for slipping and docking vessels.
The agreement enables NSM to meet the contractual obligations of the LHD asset class prime contractor and is another example of NSM’s inclusive approach to naval sustainment and commitment to Australian industry.
NSM general manager Joe Smith said, "NSM is committed to supporting local small-to-medium sized businesses throughout the Australian maritime industry and we’re proud to extend this valued partnership with Sydney City Marine."
SCM provides local and sovereign sustainment capabilities and is conveniently located in Rozelle with waterway access to key Defence establishments such as HMAS Waterhen and Fleet Base East (Garden Island Dockyard).
SCM director Brenton Fischer added, "This long-term agreement further validates our credentials as a key service provider for Defence assets and ensuring the availabilities of the LLCs is critical in achieving the fully operational conditions of the LHDs, a responsibility to NSM that we take very seriously."
Australia's Canberra Class amphibious assault ship, also known as an LHD, provides the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.
These 27,000-tonne ships are able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.
The LCM-1E is a class of amphibious landing craft, mechanised (LCM) manufactured by Navantia, which also builds the LHD hulls. In RAN service, these craft are purpose-built for the LHD and are referred to as LHD landing craft (LLC).
These landing craft are intended to deliver troops and equipment onshore where there are no fixed port facilities. They have the ability to be used over the horizon, which means that the LCM-1E can transport between the ship and the coast starting at a distance greater than that marks the horizon, i.e. greater than 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres).
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To perform this type of landing, the LCM-1E are equipped with a radar navigation, GPS, gyro needle/magnetic and HF communications equipment, VHF and UHF.
NSM is a leading provider of complete maritime sustainment solutions. The team of sustainment experts, strategically located across Australia, work with a 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, it now supports assets across the RAN’s fleet – most notably the Anzac Class frigates as a member of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and the Canberra Class LHDs, LLC and associated assets.
Headquartered in Henderson, Western Australia, NSM’s national footprint and highly responsive supply chain is ideally placed to support customers’ critical assets wherever and whenever the need may arise.
Sydney City Marine is positioned as the one-stop shop for all kinds of marine projects, from boat service and maintenance to refits and rebuilds.