Babcock to Promote Global Support to Navies at Sea-Air-Space
LONDON — Babcock International Group will highlight its special relationships in the United States and Canada by featuring its international naval capability partner approach at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, April 9-11.
Babcock has a rich legacy of naval support for programs in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, South Korea and, increasingly, in the Middle East.
Following the signing of a joint venture agreement between Babcock and the Oman Drydock Co., to form the Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), the U.S. Navy has capitalized on the strategic location of the warship repair and maintenance facility, with five significant projects already having been carried out in the facility that sits at the heart of the largest free-trade area in the Middle East — the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm.
One operational highlight for the DND was the recent Mid-Term Availability Maintenance contract, awarded on behalf of the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC), by U.S. Fleet Logistics Command at Bahrain. This extensive work package served as a springboard for similar work packages from the U.S. Navy and, in particular, MSC.
DND has now undertaken repair packages on U.S. Navy Henry J Kaiser-class tankers, as well as Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ships. These vessels form the mainstay of seagoing logistics support to U.S. Navy operations in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. This “at-reach” support is a hallmark of Babcock’s international footprint.
Babcock also supports U.S. equipment embedded within various international naval platforms, providing local support to U.S. systems no matter where in the world they are.
Babcock is a key naval support provider to the Canadian government and the Royal Canadian Navy, providing critical operational and deep maintenance to Canada’s fleet of diesel-electric submarines. And in Australia, Babcock undertakes maintenance of the Anzac frigate and key equipment on the Collins-class submarine.
In New Zealand, the company operates the largest marine engineering and naval repair facility in the country, providing through-life support, custom design and retrofit, ship repair and marine engineering services for super yachts, cruise ships, research vessels and cargo ships, as well as the Royal New Zealand Navy’s surface fleet of ships.
Further international projects include securing a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the third boat of South Korean Jangbogo III submarine program. Awarded by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, it is due to run until 2024 and will see Babcock work with a global supply chain spanning the U.K., Spain and South Korea and is an extension of the successful supply chain built up during construction of the first and second boats. The company recently announced that it is to set up a base in Busan, South Korea, to support existing and future naval activity in the region.