Australian national submarine platform system integrator, ASC Pty Ltd, has been recontracted to provide maintenance on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of six Collins Class submarines.
ASC’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stuart Whiley, said that in fact ASC has just signed a contract extension with the Federal Government to continue to perform all maintenance work on the Collins Class submarines at its headquarters at Osborne in Adelaide, South Australia, and Henderson in Western Australia.
Mr Whiley said the new phase of the In Service Support Contract (ISSC) is recognition of the significant work that ASC and its submarine enterprise partners – the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and the RAN – have undertaken to improve the availability and reliability of the fleet.
Key supporting initiatives have included the:
– Introduction of a circumferential hull cut to enable easier access to the submarine and more efficient removal of the diesel engines;
– Construction of a new Maintenance Support Tower at ASC’s South Australian facility to provide better access, and house key resources and facilities around the boat;
– Remediation of the supply chain and the establishment of a rotable pool of spare parts.
ASC’s Stuart Whiley said ASC was firmly focussed on delivering on its commitments to its customer.