BAE Systems Australia has announced a new agreement with Lloyd’s Register for the delivery of classification and certification services for the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
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BAE Systems Australia has announced that the company has partnered with Lloyd’s Register for the delivery of naval classification and certification services, which it hoped would further facilitate the ability for the prime to work with a range of Australian SMEs for the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
The Hunter Class Frigate Program is the designated project for the delivery of nine anti-submarine frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, with the frigates expected to enter service from the latter half of the 2020s in place of the Navy’s current fleet of Anzac Class frigates.
Throughout the program’s delivery, Lloyd’s Register is expected to provide training to 40 BAE Systems members.
The announcement comes following the October 2020 confirmation by BAE Systems Australia that Lloyd’s Register had agreed to undertake the delivery of classification and certification throughout the prototyping phase of the frigate program.
Craig Lockhart, managing director for BAE Systems Maritime Australia, outlined that the new agreement will support the capacity for BAE Systems Australia to work alongside Australian SMEs.
“This collaboration with Lloyd’s Register will help develop the supply chain in support of continuous naval shipbuilding for Australia,” said Lockhart.
“Lloyd’s Register knowledge transfer will enable our employees to confidently advise small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of LR certification requirements for supplier packages.
“Our employees will also be able to perform gap analysis on the existing operations of suppliers, as well as help and advise suppliers on improvements or modifications needed to meet the requirements of a Lloyd’s Register Class of Ship.”
David Lloyd, global head of segments for Lloyd’s register, outlined that the agreement would support the ongoing development of Australia’s shipbuilding program.
“We are delighted that BAE Systems Maritime Australia selected Lloyd’s Register to provide Naval Classification and Certification services to the Hunter Class Frigate Program, an important component of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy,” said Lloyd.
“LR’s support to BAE Systems Maritime Australia in achieving Class accreditation for the Hunter program continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing tailored, world-class assurance services to our defence industry partners and navies as well as unparalleled experience in supporting new naval construction and sustainment programs around the world.
“The capability of Australian businesses supplying the Hunter class program will grow through BAE Systems Maritime Australia’s application of Lloyd’s Register Naval Classification and Certification services, enabling them to further develop robust shipbuilding, supply chain and quality control processes, not just for the Hunter program, but beyond.”
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