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Serco awarded contract extension for operation and maintenance of warfighting simulators

Serco awarded contract extension for operation and maintenance of warfighting simulators

The company has been awarded a three-year contract extension to deliver training and support services to the maritime warfare simulators at Sydney’s HMAS Watson.

The company has been awarded a three-year contract extension to deliver training and support services to the maritime warfare simulators at Sydney’s HMAS Watson.

The renewal of the contract marks 10 years of operating the Royal Australian Navy’s Bridge Simulators at HMAS Watson, following Serco’s successful 2020 rebid for the project.

Serco has confirmed that the new contract is expected to carry through until mid-2026.

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“Over the past decade, we have taken great pride in the training capability we provide at HMAS Watson to ensure Maritime Warfare Officers graduate with the mission critical skills required for a successful career at sea,” Clint Thomas, managing director of Serco Defence said.

“We know that our Australian Defence Force must have the best training support available, now and into the future, and Serco has certainly shown that we can deliver – even amidst a global pandemic and environments that are constantly changing.

“Serco delivered significant innovation to the contract during this time, providing adaptable and enhanced training to prepare students for the demanding scenarios they will face in their careers.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated team at HMAS Watson and look forward to continuing to build the skills of the Australian Defence Force by providing high-quality and specialist training on behalf of Navy,” Thomas said.

The announcement marks a decade long collaboration between the company and the Royal Australian Navy for the simulator-based training system.

According to Serco, the company has been providing simulated war fighting training to young Maritime Warfare Officers since 2012, which trains them across several critical fields including navigation as well as ship and bridge operations.

The engagement forms part of Serco’s collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson spanning back to 2003, providing maintenance and engineering design support to the Training Authority Maritime Warfare.

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