QE class carrier engineering support contract issued
A new contract issued by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will see a BAE Systems and Babcock team design the engineering support solution for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. The £1.5 million contract was announced on 16 December.
As part of the MoD’s wider ‘Support Development Phase’, BAE Systems Maritime Services and Babcock will provide an optimum and fit-for-purpose engineering support solution for the new carriers.
Four support development phase work streams will be undertaken under the 12 month phase, to design class management, design management, maintenance management, and information knowledge management technical services and maintenance solutions to ensure the carriers can meet operational requirements.
Richard Dingley, fleet services director, BAE Systems, said: ‘This contract is a key stepping stone in organising a joint enterprise ready to support HMS Queen Elizabeth. Working with the MoD, Royal Navy and Babcock Marine we will prepare the engineering solution ahead of the arrival HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers to arrive in Portsmouth. Together we aim to build an integrated support community, operating to ensure that the resources the new class of carriers are in the right place at the right time – in Portsmouth and in operation around the globe.’
Mike Whalley, managing director warships, Babcock, added: ‘We have a unique and timely opportunity to deliver an innovative support solution that is focussed not only on the successful transition of the Queen Elizabeth class into Service but will also underpin and de-risk her operational support programme worldwide. This is further testament to the benefits of operating in an enterprise with BAE Systems, Royal Navy and the MoD to deliver optimised engineering support.’
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