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Beca to continue RAN seaworthiness support

11th July 2019 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Beca will continue providing management of Seaworthiness Materiel Assessments (SwMA) for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN's) Fleet Engineering Directorate (FED).

Beca works with the FED to develop and implement assurance processes that positively contribute to materiel seaworthiness outcomes for RAN vessels and establishments.

This project is key to supporting the compliant conduct of SwMAs in accordance with the Fleet Practice Instruction for the RAN. The SwMA management cell now controls more than 6,000 bespoke assessments covering 14 classes of ships and two establishments. It also provides an established education and awareness programme that helps maintain knowledge levels across the navy.

Mick Richardson, business director – defence acquisition and sustainment, Beca, said: ‘SwMAs are a fundamental building block of the Sea Release Assurance framework and provide evidence that RAN ships are materially ready for operations. Their ongoing management is therefore a critical enabler of operations, and we look forward to continuing to work with the FED to ensure this building block is well maintained.’

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