Navantia Australia to sustain Air Warfare Destroyer with BAE Systems

Sydney, 18 May 2018

Navantia Australia has today announced that it formalised a contract to provide Platform System Design and Engineering Assurance services for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (DDG) with BAE Systems at Garden Island Naval Base on Tuesday, 15 May 2018.

(L-R) Donato Martinez, Navantia Australia Managing Director; Russel Parke, DDG Enterprise Program Manager, BAE Systems; Captain Melinda Barnes RAN, DDG SPO Director; and Katherine Stevens, Head of Commercial and Procurement – Maritime and Integrated System, BAE Systems sign DDG Enterprise contract

Under the contract, Navantia Australia will provide substantial ship, product and supply chain knowledge and will add an additional 14 design and engineering experts into the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) enterprise.

The signing of this contract completes the membership of the DDG Enterprise. The DDG Enterprise has been formed to provide a capability enhancing, value for money proposition for the Commonwealth of Australia. As a member of the Enterprise, Navantia Australia will work together with BAE Systems, the prime DDG Sustainment Contractor, combat system integrator, Raytheon Australia, and ship repairer, Thales Australia.

“Navantia Australia is proud to be part of the DDG Enterprise and looks forward to continuing to support the Royal Australia Navy both now and long into the future.” said Navantia Australia managing director, Mr Donato Martinez.

“As the designer, and shipbuilding services manager of the Hobart Class under the AWD reform program, it was important for Navantia to be part of the DDG enterprise, tasked with sustaining this magnificent capability through its life”, said Navantia Australia chairman, Mr Warren King.

“Being the common designer between the Canberra class LHD, Hobart class DDG, and the future Supply class AORs, Navantia Australia can provide a cost effective and wholistic service to the RAN across multiple classes of ships within the fleet,” concluded Mr Martinez.