Aerospace, defence and security company, Babcock International Group announced on 7 April that it has signed a four-year contract to deliver through-life support to the Marinha do Brasil’s flagship vessel, NAM Atlântico, formerly the UK Royal Navy platform HMS Ocean, as part of its global support programme.
Babcock Press Release, 7 April 2022: Working hand-in-hand with their customers, Babcock’s key asset management activities include deep maintenance, in-service support, equipment and systems support and through life engineering of naval assets across the globe. Babcock will draw on this significant experience to provide the Marinha do Brasil with a support solution that will enable them to deliver international operations.
The through life support package will see Babcock deliver maintenance planning and delivery, technical advice and knowledge transfer. Babcock will also assist the Marinha do Brasil to develop a spares management system for the ship, deliver a range of technical training packages to personnel on-board and at the naval base, as well as developing and installing upgrades on the ship.
An in-country team will be embedded within the Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro, the main maintenance centre and naval base of the Brazilian Navy, to deliver this package of work, supported by a team based in the UK who will provide technical support from the wider Babcock business.
Gary Simpson, Managing Director of Marine’s Support business, said: “We are delighted to sign this contract to provide through life support to NAM Atlântico. Our innovative end-to-end support solution delivers support to equipment, system and platforms, optimising availability to ensure operational success for our customers around the globe.”
Support has already commenced with an in-country presence established ahead of the first maintenance period, scheduled to begin in April 2022.
This contract follows on from Babcock’s recent activity in the global maritime market which includes the first export contract for its Arrowhead 140 (AH140) frigate through a design licence agreement with PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) and being selected as the platform design provider and technology partner for Poland’s MIECZNIK (Swordfish) new frigate programme. The company has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding from its in-country base in Busan, Korea with Hyundai Heavy Industries to collaborate on the Korean CVX light aircraft carrier opportunity.
Closer to the UK, the company was also recently awarded a contract to deliver the installation of a variable speed drive system for the central cooling system on board the Irish Navy’s P60 Samuel Beckett Class.