Babcock has been awarded a six-and-a-half-year contract from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Ministry of Defence's Police.
Babcock is one of a number of companies appointed by the Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team at Defence Equipment and Support to provide in service support for planned and reactive maintenance to the small boat fleet, including the Archer Class patrol and training vessels, Rigid-Inflatable Boats, yachts, static training vessels, small cadet boats and police boats.
Work will take place across naval bases such as Devonport and Portsmouth, training establishments and UK overseas territories (Gibraltar, Cyprus, Brunei and the Falkland Islands).
The work will include transportation, spares, trials, post design services (PDS) and reliability monitoring. Opportunities to increase the safety, economy and reliability of the vessels will be realised using the latest machinery, navigation and material technology and equipment.
“This multi-million-pound contract ensures the thousands of vessels used across the entire British military will be maintained and repaired to the exceptionally high levels demanded by our service men and women,” said Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Babcock Naval Engineering Director Simon Knight says Babcock will deliver an agile support package that highlights its capabilities in integrated engineering as well as its commitment to quality.
The contract builds on Babcock’s delivery of in-service support to small boats such as cadet boats, dive boats, Mexeflotes and the Gibraltar region police and patrol boats.
With a bespoke team leading the work, Babcock will utilise its engineering experience across Devonport and Rosyth to deliver post design tasks, where necessary, throughout the term of the contract.