Maritime Systems Division

Maritime Systems Division (MSD) provides the management, services and products needed to meet the capability, preparedness and performance requirements of maritime platforms, systems and equipment for the operational requirements of the Chief of Navy. MSD also provides materiel sustainment, infrastructure and training for the Pacific Patrol Boats, and manages the provision of fuel and lubricants for the ADF.

Achievements

Challenges

Coastal Mine Hunter vessels

The new performance-based contract for in-service support delivered efficiencies under the inherent reliability and performance modelling. Effective sustainment enabled four ships to be tasked to support mine countermeasures activities and two ships to participate in border protection roles.

Fuels and Lubricants—Navy, Army, Air Force

Significant increases in world fuel prices and the impact on the 2007-08 budget were mitigated by consumption being less than forecast, and the comparative increase in the strength of the Australian dollar against the US dollar.

Adelaide class guided missile frigate (FFG)

HMAS Adelaide was decommissioned in January 2008 and has been made available to the NSW Government from 30 September 2008 for sinking as a dive wreck.

HMA Ships Sydney and Melbourne are now being operated by Navy pending initial operational release in early 2009. HMAS Sydney successfully fired an Evolved Sea Sparrow missile in August 2007 and operational test and evaluation firings occurred in October 2007. These outcomes provide increased confidence in the Australian Distributed Architecture Combat System. Early warning and fire control radar sensor upgrades have also demonstrated significant improvements to long range detection and engagement capabilities of the combat system. Remediation of performance deficiencies with the electronic support and underwater warfare systems continues.

Adelaide class upgrade project delays impacted the availability of surface combatant Adelaide class frigates. Anzac class frigates were tasked to meet operational requirements.

Collins class Submarines

PhotoHMAS Waller successfully completed a full-cycle docking and achieved initial operational release for the combat system and heavyweight torpedo upgrades in May 2008. Waller will now undertake more operational tests and trials. HMAS Farncomb completed a mid-cycle docking, which included the installation of a replacement combat system, heavyweight torpedo, and also provided new multifunction and high data rate communication antennae. HMAS Dechaineux's full-cycle docking including associated upgrade work is well advanced.

Operational submarines were supported effectively during deployments. Support costs including obsolescence issues remain a challenge. Several initiatives are being examined and trialled to reduce the cost of ownership, including the introduction of an eight-year rather than the current six-year usage upkeep cycle.

Anzac class helicopter capable frigate (FFH)

The Anzac class Integrated Material Support contract between the Commonwealth, SAAB and BAE Systems Australia (formerly Tenix Defence Pty Ltd) has been implemented. Extended maintenance and capability upgrades in HMA Ships Ballarat, Stuart and Toowoomba were completed during 2007-08. Operational Anzac class frigates were supported effectively during deployments.