Our proven track record as the UK’s leading naval support business, provides our customers with surety and great confidence in our ability to safely and securely manage and operate some of the country’s most critical assets, as well as providing through-life support to complex programmes of national significance. Today Babcock’s Marine businesses employ around 6,500 skilled and experienced people across our operations.
Sharing goals and objectives, we are a strategic and innovative partner working closely with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) across our business units to increase asset availability, improve efficiency and reduce operating and infrastructure costs.
Submarine partner to the Royal Navy, Babcock is the sole provider of deep maintenance, in-service maintenance and infrastructure support for the UK fleet of conventional and nuclear powered submarines. The strength of our long term relationships is demonstrated through our involvement in all current and future programmes, spanning the next fifty years, indeed our teams have been instrumental in bringing the new ASTUTE Class into service, alongside our role as long term provider of submarine operator and maintainer training.
Base-porting, maintaining, refitting and refuelling the UK fleet, Babcock has over 2,500 qualified engineers and technicians working in this specialist area, working hand-in-hand with the customer to meet and exceed expectations, increase fleet availability while significantly reducing costs. Our Devonport facility has been identified by the UK Ministry of Defence as a Centre of Excellence for deep maintenance and infrastructure support, while HM Naval Base Clyde, which Babcock manage on behalf of the MOD, has been announced as the UK’s Submarine Centre of Specialisation.
The MOD has identified Babcock’s Rosyth and Devonport facilities, where the laid-up submarines are currently stored afloat, as the preferred locations for the initial submarine dismantling activities associated with its Submarine Dismantling Project. These plans are subject to a successful demonstrator project being carried out at Rosyth in the coming years. Our breadth of experience and expertise in submarine support makes us well placed to deliver this important aspect of the overall submarine programme safely, securely and cost-effectively.
Our unique facilities and infrastructure enable us to undertake around 75% of UK surface fleet refits and 50% fleet maintenance between our Devonport and Rosyth facilities. Significantly, HMNB Devonport is situated within our Devonport facility, where 50% of the Royal Navy surface fleet is base-ported, including Type 23 Frigates, Type 22 Frigates, Sandown Class Minehunters, Amphibious Assault Ships, Hydrographic Vessels and the current complement of aircraft carriers.
Babcock is a Tier 1 partner to the MOD within the UK’s Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA). This alliance covers all current and future classes of warships, including Type 45 Destroyers and the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships and Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers (QEC). Through the SSSA, Babcock is a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), which is an innovative alliance between MOD and industry created to transform the delivery of large scale projects such as the QEC programme.
One of the largest engineering challenges currently being undertaken in the UK, the ACA is designing, fabricating and assembling the two largest and most complex warships the Royal Navy has ever seen. Babcock’s Rosyth facility is responsible for the assembly and over 50% of the detailed design of these 65,000 tonne iconic warships. At its height, the project will have an Alliance workforce of around 10,000 collaboratively operating across the UK, with around 2,500 in Rosyth. Our teams in Appledore, North Devon are also supporting the shipbuilding stages of the QEC programme.
In addition to Royal Navy work, our facility in Appledore, North Devon is fabricating and building two Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Irish Navy.
Managing and operating two of the three UK naval bases, Babcock has worked successfully with the Ministry of Defence at HM Naval Base Devonport and HM Naval Base Clyde over the last 10 years delivering substantial cost reductions and service improvements as part of a very successful partnering relationship with the MoD and Royal Navy.
Our unique naval infrastructure across the UK, including the Queen Elizabeth Class dock, syncrolift, nuclear facilities, landing craft facilities and frigate refit complex, position us well to deliver solutions that support complex engineering through-life programmes, while increasing the availability of our customers’ assets and delivering significant cost reductions.
An experienced nuclear site operator, we work closely with our customer maximising fleet-time engineering support, waterfront support services, estates and facilities management and logistics and transport services. Our multi-site responsibilities allow us to drive efficiencies and where appropriate optimise opportunities through cross-site management of operations.
We continue to enhance our position within the offshore energy, civil nuclear and marine engineering support services markets by supplying high integrity, long term and complex through-life engineering solutions; typified by our £30 million contract with BP to deliver over 70 subsea structures for its Schiehallion and Loyal developments west of Shetland and the development and delivery of mechanical and electrical service modules for the successful Heathrow Terminal 5 project.
Our activities within the civil nuclear sector include supporting the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd by supplying nuclear standard components for nuclear material decommissioning and storage. In addition, our commercial enterprise also operates a commercial port at Rosyth, providing flexible facilities and services to support marine logistics, offshore operations and vessel maintenance.
Managing Director: John Howie