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Combining capability to provide a greater value proposition for our customers

NSM was conceived to pursue the Group Maintenance Contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ANZAC Class Frigates, released in 2010.

Established initially as a joint venture between Babcock Pty Ltd and UGL Ltd, the business is able to focus on the complementary strengths of both companies, providing a great value proposition for the customer.

In 2012, NSM won the contract and formally established the joint venture to undertake the planning, scheduling, management and execution of preventative and corrective maintenance for naval ships and their system support facilities on the East and West coast of Australia. The operational date of the contract was 1 October 2012.

Core to NSM’s project delivery was its operating model. NSM recognised that there was no need to replicate capabilities that exist either within the defence industry or the broader defence market, so it derived the ‘Thin Prime’ partner approach.

Designed to focus expertise and people on where most value is provided to the customer, it proved extremely successful in providing Australian businesses of all sizes with opportunities to contribute to the sustainment of the RAN’s assets.

Late in 2012, NSM established physical presence in Henderson, Western Australia and then, in early 2013, established another on the East Coast of Australia at Garden Island.

In 2013, NSM relocated its headquarters to Henderson in Western Australia, which continues to this day.


In 2016, NSM secured a long-term contract with the Commonwealth under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA).

The contract, commencing in July of that year, represents a strategic partnership between Naval Ship Management, BAE Systems, SAAB and the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) for the sustainment and total asset management of the ANZAC Class Frigates through to the end of their life. NSM is responsible for maintenance delivery, bringing together an integrated schedule and elements of logistics supply previously undertaken by the CoA.

Since entering WAMA, NSM has adapted its business approach to become an Inclusive Prime model that integrates not just Australian industry, but four key building blocks for effective, efficient, scalable and adaptable naval support and sustainment services.


It is with the benefits of the Inclusive Prime approach that NSM became the Asset Class Prime Contractor to undertake the asset management of the Canberra Class Landing helicopter Docks (LHD) and the LHD Landing Craft (LLC) in 2018.

In 2019, NSM opened an office in North Sydney and another in Canberra to facilitate and support relationships with our customers and supply chain. In June, NSM completed a six-month phase in of the LHD ACPC contract, to commence the sustainment support program in July.



In September, at the inaugural Australian Defence Industry Awards held in Canberra, NSM was awarded the title of Naval Business of the Year by Defence Connect.

NSM kicked off 2020 with certification of its asset management system for the provision of sustainment services for maritime assets under the global standard ISO 55001:2014.

Certified Asset Management is international best practice for the management of complex physical assets and provides NSM with the strategic platform to continue managing naval asset performance effectively.


In March, NSM becomes 100% owned by Babcock after the company successfully acquired the remaining shareholding in NSM, further strengthening the breadth of its maritime support to the Australian Defence Force.

Leveraging our Inclusive Prime model across naval and maritime sustainment and operational support programs

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Babcock Australasia is a Defence, Aviation and Critical Services company that operates across the Marine, Aviation and Land Sectors. Babcock supports its customers’ technical, programme and complex platform requirements through proven processes, systems and people.

Babcock is trusted to deliver technical support services for customers, ranging from fleet and asset management, sustainment, and technical training, to life saving helicopter emergency medical services.

Babcock Australasia is part of Babcock International Group PLC, the global aerospace, defence and security company.