Navantia Australia has confirmed that the prime has installed a new Through Life Support Facility at Sydney’s Garden Island for improved upkeep of Royal Australian Navy vessels.
Navantia Australia has installed a new Through Life Support Facility at Sydney’s Garden Island, using an open architecture system to assess ships’ IPMS hardware and software. The system that has been employed by the prime mimics the current IPMS suite onboard the Canberra Class LHD.
It is hoped that the new system will support the ongoing maintenance of ships via improved information retention and evaluation.
Israel Lozano Barragan, managing director of Navantia Australia has outlined that the facility at Garden Island is a crucial leap for Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities.
“The ability to maintain design integrity, configuration control, upgrades and modernisation of all Navantia designed ships and supplied systems and equipment, including the IPMS, in Australia is a key capability developed in Navantia Australia to support CASG and the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet,” Lozano said.
According to a statement by the company, Navantia Australia has been able to utilise its expertise with the Integrated Platform Management Systems onboard Navantia ships to support the ongoing maintenance of Royal Australian Navy vessels.
The program confirmation has coincided with the arrival of the Auxiliary Oiler Replenisher NUSHIP Stalwart in Western Australia's Fleet Base West. The NUSHIP Stalwart recently completed a 30-day voyage.
“The arrival of NUSHIP Stalwart and commissioning earlier this year of HMAS Supply, marks a significant milestone for Navantia Australia. Supporting the Supply Class AORs represents our first opportunity to Prime through life support services for Navantia designed vessels in service with the Royal Australian Navy," Lozano continued.
“This program provides Navantia Australia with the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to helping develop the Australian sovereign shipbuilding and sustainment industry.”
This announcement also comes following the agreement between Navantia Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia at Land Forces earlier in June for the LAND 8710 program, where the two companies entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of a new amphibious vehicle for the Australian Army.
“We are excited to collaborate with Rheinmetall on the LAND 8710 Phase 1 CE2 program,” Alfonso García-Valdés, former acting director of Navantia Australia, said.
“Rheinmetall’s successful track record in manufacturing specialist military vehicles for the Australian Defence Force and globally made the partnership a natural one for Navantia Australia. When we were considering partners for the LAND 8710 program, Rheinmetall was the obvious choice.
“Their land-based expertise married with our in-depth maritime experience, will bring the best of Australia’s engineers together to develop this new capability for Australia.”