Albanese Government delivers jobs boost in supporting naval capability

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The Hon Pat Conroy MP

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26 April 2024

The Albanese Government is supporting almost 300 Australian industry jobs as part of a $130 million contract for the sustainment of naval capabilities critical to securing Australia’s sea lines of communication and maritime trade.

Science, engineering and technology firm KBR has been appointed as the Capability Life Cycle Manager for Navy’s amphibious and replenishment ships. This announcement builds on the Albanese Government’s commitment to support local defence jobs by ensuring Australia has the capability to sustain Navy’s amphibious and replenishment ships into the future.

The contract will see KBR sustain Navy’s Canberra class landing helicopter docks, Supply class auxiliary oilers and landing ship dock, HMAS Choules – all at Sydney’s Garden Island Defence Precinct. 

This is the first appointment of a multi-class Capability Life Cycle Manager. Appointing a multi-class Capability Life Cycle Manager will more effectively meet capability requirements, best manage resources, and provide value for money and consistency between like asset classes for Defence. 

The appointment of Capability Life Cycle Managers is part of Defence’s new national approach to sustaining and optimising Navy’s ability to operate in our immediate region. For industry, it provides greater certainty of work and allows industry to invest and grow their businesses, providing greater depth and regional capacity and capability.

Together, these projects will create around 70 new direct jobs, and more than 200 indirect jobs throughout the supply chain. 

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“The sustainment of Navy’s amphibious and replenishment ships into the future is critical to securing Australia’s maritime trade and safeguarding Australians and their economic interests.”

“Growing our sovereign naval shipbuilding industrial capability is not just good for jobs, it’s imperative for our national security.”

“The Albanese Government is focused on making it easier for local industry to partner with Defence, and this partnership with KBR will help to do that.”

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