In-service support contract signed for Navy frigates gas turbines

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Commodore Stephanie Moles, RAN (Director General Maritime Support, Defence Materiel Organisation) & Mr James Gref (Region Controller, General Electric Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) signing the LM2500 contract. (photo: CAPT John Metzl)
Commodore Stephanie Moles, RAN (Director General Maritime Support, Defence Materiel Organisation) & Mr James Gref (Region Controller, General Electric Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) signing the LM2500 contract.

The in-service support contract for maintenance and logistics support services to the gas turbines that power the Royal Australian Navy's Adelaide and Anzac class frigates has been announced.

General Electric International Incorporated will provide depot level maintenance to the gas turbines that power the frigates, as well as program management and on-site field service support throughout the life of the contract.

Having one service provider will streamline the maintenance process for the gas turbines that power the frigates, increasing contractor responsibility and accountability. 

Mr David Evans, Operations Manager at the Maritime Cross - Platform Systems Program Office said the benefits of having one service provider would be realised in increased accountability, reliability and performance. 

"By having a dedicated team of on site field service representatives, along with tangible performance measures, the Navy will realise significant efficiencies for the maintenance process and for defect rectification.  

"The new contract will provide elements of Integrated Logistic Support including access to a global supply chain, comprehensive maintenance, configuration and sustainment support, and will provide knowledge transfer to up-skill Navy operators throughout the life of the contract," he said.

The contract, valued at more than $50 million, is anticipated to last for up to six and a half years, and includes access to a Global Supply Chain, knowledge transfer to 'up-skill' Navy personnel and is expected to ensure the retention of Australian and New Zealand suppliers.