Regional Maintenance Centre North East is the first of 4 to be set up, and will be in place by the end of 2021 to initially sustain Navy’s new Evolved Cape Class Patrol Boats.

Regional Maintenance Providers will provide sustainment capability in strategic Navy homeports and over time will be able to conduct maintenance on a range of vessels, working with Commonwealth personnel as part of a Regional Maintenance Centre. They will coordinate the delivery of maintenance and build resilient local and regional supply chains to support development of sovereign sustainment capability.

Head of Maritime Systems, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm said the new approach will ensure delivery of complex naval capability and will increase opportunities for local small and medium businesses.

The approach will provide more stable work packages and remove barriers to entry for local small and medium businesses, enabling opportunities for increased Australian industry participation.

‘The new approach, as outlined in Defence’s Plan Galileo, is part of the Australian Government’s investment of over $170 billion in naval shipbuilding announced in the 2020 Force Structure Plan. This will result in the fleet doubling in tonnage and significantly increasing in complexity,’ Rear Admiral Malcolm said.

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