Babcock secures agreement with Defence Equipment & Support for the Asset Availability Service

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Babcock International, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has secured an agreement with Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support for the Asset Availability Service (AAS), encompassing the support and maintenance of the Domestic Equipment fitted to Royal Navy (RN) ships and submarines.

The new around £18 million contract provides a 10-year support mechanism for the provision of support to Domestics Master Equipment fitted to RN In-Service ships and submarines. The contract allows for the future inclusion of New To Service and New Build Vessels into its scope at the appropriate time, with the aim of all Domestics Master Equipment support being provided by a single delivery team thereafter – a ‘one stop shop’. The work will support the availability and reliability of Galley, Laundry and Calorifier equipment on-board the RN fleet, helping ensure they are ready to deploy anywhere in the world.

“We are extremely pleased to have secured this award” said Richard Drake, Managing Director, of Babcock’s Defence Systems Technology business. “The Babcock team has played a vital role in maintaining Domestic Assets for our customer over the last 15 years, and we are delighted that this agreement has not only continued but grown.

“We will be working with supplier partners over the course of the programme, and it is fantastic that this agreement builds on our previous contract whilst supporting the wider UK supply chain. We are very much looking forward to continuing to deliver a high standard of service to our customer over the next ten years.” Babcock will collaborate with multiple stakeholders to deliver the programme, which includes the installation of new assets, and the refurbishment of currently fitted in-service assets.

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