BAE to Support the Royal Navy’s New Aircraft Carriers
LONDON — The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has amended its Maritime Support Delivery Framework contract with BAE Systems to include the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, extending the arrangement to cover all classes of ships homeported at Portsmouth Naval Base, the company announced Oct. 5.
The amendment is worth $90.1 million and runs until March 2019, with an option to extend it to March 2020 at an additional value of $89.5 million.
The agreement forms part of the new $1.31 billion Common Support Model (CSM), which was announced by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon on Oct. 3. The CSM will provide a framework for comprehensive support across the entire Royal Navy fleet of warships for decades to come in one new overarching arrangement.
“We are the leader in complex warship support, and to be awarded a contract to support the QE-class aircraft carriers safeguards these skills in Portsmouth and the region for years to come,” said David Mitchard, Managing Director, Maritime Services, BAE Systems. “The Common Support Model represents a collaborative way of working, placing industry shoulder to shoulder with the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence, and we are looking forward to implementing it across all classes of ships we support at Portsmouth.”
“Our surface fleet is made up of some the most advanced and capable fighting ships in the world,” said Sir Simon Bollom, chief of Materiel (Ships) for Defence Equipment and Support, the MoD’s procurement organization. “HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, will join the fleet soon and the Common Support Model will provide a framework that will deliver effective support to the Royal Navy’s warship fleet at home and around the globe. The innovative, ambitious and far-reaching Common Support Model, which will drive efficiencies and greater availability, has been made possible by the enduring and strong relationships which exist between the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Navy, and our industry partners.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth in August, and is due to continue sea trials ahead of commissioning later this year.
HMS Prince of Wales is due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2019 before it is commissioned in 2020. Both will be based in Portsmouth when they are not on operations around the globe.