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ANZAC Class Frigate, Ship Refurbishment

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Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
Project Duration
From 2010
Estimated Completion
East and West coasts of Australia
Project Overview

The ANZAC class is a ten ship fleet consisting of eight frigates operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and two operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

The frigates were built between 1992 and 2006 – each one being 3,600-tonne (3,500-long-ton) ships capable of a 27-knot (50 km/h; 31 mph) top speed, a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) and requiring a crew of 22 officers and 141 sailors.

The ANZAC's are long-range escorts capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and sub-surface. Each ANZAC frigate is fitted with an advanced package of air surveillance radars, omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems which interface with a state-of-the-art combat data system. The armament initially consisted of a single five-inch gun and a point-defence missile system, supported by a missile-armed helicopter.

UGL is one of only four Australian contractors pre-qualified to provide ship refit and repair services for the RAN and US Navy, and has successfully completed a number of major refurbishment projects on ANZAC Class Frigates.

UGL works closely with the ANZAC, FFG and Amphibious and Afloat Support Ships System Program Offices (at Rockingham in WA and Garden Island in Sydney) to plan, schedule and perform a wide range of maintenance availabilities covering all ship systems (hull, propulsion, electrical, mechanical, weapon systems, control systems and communication systems).

The Challenge

The task of keeping the Royal Australian Navy’s eight ANZAC class frigates sea-worthy and capable of dealing with the front line scenarios that they perform all around the globe on a regular basis, is a significant one.

In addition, the upgrading of the ships which were initially fitted for, but not installed with, additional capabilities, also created demands within the Defence Force as the capabilities of the fleet became more apparent with each subsequent exercise and deployment.

The fleet consists of:

  • HMAS ANZAC (FFH 150)
  • HMAS Arunta (FFH 151)
  • HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152)
  • HMAS Stuart (FFH 153)
  • HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154)
  • HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155)
  • HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156)
  • HMAS Perth (FFH 157)

UGL’s experience and record providing ship refurbishment tasks for the RAN, both directly and indirectly, put the Company in the best place possible to tender for, win, and achieve best results for many varied tasks upon these eight ships.

Our qualified, competent, diligent and experienced project management teams have a proven track record in delivering safe, on time and on budget ANZAC Class maintenance availabilities.

The Solution

Under the DMO Company Scorecard system, UGL has consistently exceeded expectations for ANZAC Class related activities most notably with work on HMAS Toowoomba in 2010 and later for overall performance in the Cost, Contracting and Defence / Contractor Relationship categories. These ratings from Defence indicate a very high level of confidence to the Commonwealth of UGL’s ability to deliver safe, quality endorsed, on time and value for money projects.

The chronology of three of the following maintenance contracts show that UGL are also capable of serial and parallel working on multiple projects, and east and west coast coverage.

HMAS Stuart, 2010
The production phase for HMAS Stuart commenced 31 May 2010 and was completed as scheduled, resulting in 176 tasks being performed.

HMAS Arunta, 2010
This project included 122 tasks. The majority of the refit package consisted of ‘Survey and Testing’ tasks for  the Mandatory Planned Maintenance Items, to allow ship certification prior to proceeding to sea. Another significant portion of the refit was areas of upper deck preservation including both Port and Starboard Waists.

HMAS Toowoomba, 2010
A final total of 89 tasks. The main focus was the large amount of tank/confined space work required. Over 29 tanks/voids and spaces had to be opened, cleaned and inspected within the four week period. A large portion also required preservation, this work plus the significant amount of upper deck major refurbishment (preservation) to the Flight deck, both Boat decks, the Starboard waist and patch repairs to 02 deck; hampered access throughout the vessel. All parties, sub-contractors, Navy and Navy sub-contractors, had to work closely with UGL's management team to maintain work flow and minimise the number of clashes. The resultant open communication between the parties saw the refit finish on time and certification proceeded smoothly.

HMAS Toowoomba, 2007 – 2008
As a subcontractor to Thales Australia, UGL completed the installation of the Harpoon Missile System and Communications Electronics Support Measures upgrade on HMAS Toowoomba. UGL installed the Harpoon Missile System, including the manufacture and installation of all structural frameworks, foundations and necessary support structure. Electricians ran, connected and tested all electrical cabling throughout the ship through multiple watertight bulkheads. Other major up-grades UGL installed were the Communications Electronics Support Measures (CESM) and the structural reinforcing for tug operations to eight sections of the ship. Again the refit was completed on time.

Key Outcomes and Benefits

Since entering service, ANZAC class frigates have made multiple deployments outside local waters, including involvement in the INTERFET multi-national deployment to East Timor, and multiple operational periods in the Persian Gulf.

The Maritime Services Division (MSD) Supplier Quality Assurance Program (SQAP) is a component of the Maritime Systems Divisions - Supplier Management & Monitoring Process. The MSD SQAP is designed to evaluate a suppliers’ ability to appropriately and effectively manage processes to achieve a required contract outcome and ensure confidence that contract compliance has been achieved. UGL has now achieved a MSD SQAP score of 91% which is above the 90% benchmark set by the SQAP.

For UGL, the HMAS Toowoomba project in 2010 was an exemplary performing contract that is still the benchmark for industry to match and UGL’s defence team to beat. Seven of the nine categories were measured, with six purple stars and one green light.

In 2012, the Department of Defence (Defence Materiel Organisation) awarded UGL the Quality Management Performance Benchmark recognition award for meeting and exceeding the Maritime Systems Division Supplier Quality Management Performance Benchmarks.

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