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BAE Systems completes HMAS Melville maintenance

The Leeuwin Class hydrographic ship has resumed operation after a number of weeks of critical maintenance involving over 500 tasks.

The Leeuwin Class hydrographic ship has resumed operation after a number of weeks of critical maintenance involving over 500 tasks.

BAE Systems Australia has completed sustainment work on HMAS Melville, with the ship now capable of resuming operational activities, which include facilitating safe navigation, supporting maritime trade and border protection.


The sustainment work, undertaken at the Tropical Reef Shipyard, involved more than 500 maintenance tasks, with extensive work on the hull, 10,000-hour harbour diesel generator replacement, and 15,000-hour service on the main diesel generator.

“An important local maritime sustainment capability has been developed in Cairns to support the operating requirements of the RAN in this region,” BAE Systems Australia managing director, defence delivery, Andrew Gresham said.

“The team’s success is due to a combination of local ‘know how’ and commitment and the vast engineering experience from within the national sustainment business to ensure that the Navy has the capability that it requires, when it is needed.”

BAE Systems Australia has provided front line maritime sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy at the Tropical Reef Shipyard for over 20 years.

The prime has also developed a local supply chain to support ship sustainment with an annual spend of around $40 million a year.


[Related: BAE Systems secures contract to modernise USS Wasp]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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