ASC recontracted for Collins Class submarine fleet maintenance

By / 5th of August, 2014

THE maintenance contract for the Australian Navy’s fleet of six Collins Class submarines has been re-issued to ASC Pty Ltd.

The company's interim chief executive officer, Stuart Whiley, said the ASC will continue to perform maintenance work on the fleet at its Osborne headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia, and at Henderson in Western Australia.

“This new contract recognises the significant improvement in performance and availability of the submarine fleet and the significant skill set that has been developed in our workforces in both South Australia and Western Australia,” said Whiley.

“ASC has embarked on a transformation of the submarine maintenance program with our enterprise partners with a view to achieving global benchmarks.

“Central to this is the new two-year Full Cycle Docking, or major maintenance work, that has begun with HMAS Farncomb at ASC in South Australia this month.

“This will see the submarines move from a cycle of eight years in the water and three in maintenance, to 10 years in the water and two years in maintenance.”

This follows the release of the Study into the Business of Sustaining Australia’s Strategic Collins Class Capability in late 2012 by international expert Mr John Coles. Following a recent progress review, he described the achievements to date as a ‘remarkable transformation’ and an ‘astonishing turnaround’.