Delivering sustainment through collaborative partnerships
NSM was formed, as a joint venture between Babcock Pty Ltd and UGL Ltd, to pursue the Group Maintenance Contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ANZAC Class Frigates, released in 2010. The joint venture allowed us to focus on the complementary strengths of both companies, providing a great value proposition for our 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 our project delivery was our operating model. We recognised that there was no need to replicate capabilities that exist either within the defence industry or the broader defence market, so we 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 a fleet base in Western Australia and then, in early 2013, established another on the East Coast of Australia at Garden Island. In 2013, NSM relocated our 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, we have adapted our 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 this approach that we became the Asset Class Prime Contractor to undertake the maintenance and sustainment 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, we completed a six-month phase in of the Navy’s Canberra Class and Landing Craft vessels, to commence the sustainment support program in July.
NSM is backed by two strong, proactive parent companies, Babcock and UGL, combining their asset management and sustainment capabilities across defence, marine and infrastructure. Both companies are committed to long-term investment in NSM, ensuring our clients continue to benefit from tangible access to their capabilities and resources.
Babcock Australasia operates across the Marine, Aviation and Land sectors to support the technical, complex platform and critical service delivery requirements of their customers. In Australia, New Zealand and Timor-Leste, Babcock employs over 850 talented people. They are trusted to deliver technical support services for customers, ranging from fleet and asset management, sustainment, transportation services and technical training, to life saving helicopter emergency medical services. Babcock operate across many industries, including defence, government, mining and construction, emergency services, oil and gas, not-for-profit, airports, automotive, ports, cyber security and engineering consultancy.
Babcock Australasia is part of Babcock International Group, the global aerospace and defence company. Trusted for over a century, Babcock helps customers to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets and services, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, infrastructure management and specialist training.
UGL, a member of CIMIC Group, is a market leader in end-to-end asset solutions. The team’s whole-of-life offer delivers operational value and enhanced customer experiences for critical assets in power, water, resources, transport, defence and security, and social infrastructure.
Its services-led approach supports real business needs, now and into the future, by connecting clients with leading thinking across all stages of a project’s lifecycle.
UGL maximises solutions, delivery and end performance, spanning engineering design; construction and commissioning; manufacturing; operations, maintenance and facilities management; upgrades and overhauls; and asset management. Clients minimise interface risk while optimising quality, time and cost outcomes.