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BAE Systems £1 Billion for RN Maritime Support

Five-Year Contract for Support at Portsmouth

BAE Systems has secured five-year contracts under the UK MoD’s Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP), valued at up to £1.3 billion (€1.53 billion), the company announced on 2 April.

Under the first of the contracts, BAE Systems will continue to deliver ship asset management, repair and maintenance for the entire Portsmouth flotilla under a £900 million contract, effective 1 October 2021. It will also establish a joint venture with KBR to deliver technology-led and data-driven facilities management and dockside services at the base, under a contract worth an additional £365 million. The joint venture – to be called KBS Maritime – will combine KBR’s expertise in infrastructure asset management and services with BAE Systems’ experience and capability within Portsmouth Naval Base.

David Mitchard, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Maritime Services business, commented that “These new contracts will enable us to continue our vital role in supporting the Royal Navy, at home and abroad, building on our long history of delivery, investment and collaboration at Portsmouth Naval Base […] Working with our customer [we have made improvements] at the base, delivering significant infrastructure improvements and reducing carbon emissions by 65%.”

The first of the FMSP contracts (Ship Engineering Delivery and Management) covers Class Output Management (strategy), Design Services (technical planning and design) and Ship Engineering (maintenance, repair and upgrade). The second (Hard Facilities Management & Alongside Services) covers strategic estate management, infrastructure programme development and delivery and provision of operations, maintenance and alongside services. KBS Maritime will further develop the Portsmouth base infrastructure, securing investment in the local community and ensuring fit-for-purpose, world-leading naval fleet support for the Royal Navy.

BAE Systems has a proud heritage of supporting the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base for over 20 years, during the last seven of which it has successfully delivered the Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) as part of Team Portsmouth. Under this contract, BAE Systems has managed the entire Portsmouth Naval Base estate and supported the Portsmouth-based flotilla.

As well as improving ship delivery – and through a successful partnership with the MoD – BAE Systems has helped deliver a number of major improvements to the base under MSDF, including a Centre of Specialisation for aircraft carriers, major improvements to 14 and 15 dock and creation of a new D lock. The company has also helped reduce carbon emissions from approximately 100,000 to 35,000 t/year over the last 15 years, supported by the creation of a state-of-the-art combined heat and power (CHP) plant to supply power to the aircraft carriers and the introduction of electric vehicles to the base. Further, it has also helped the customer to develop its carbon profile and roadmap for Portsmouth Naval Base, and will support the implementation of the roadmap to achieve the MoD’s net zero goals by 2050.

A major feature of the new contract will be managing support for the entire Portsmouth-based flotilla, including aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE of WALES. (Photo: BAE Systems)

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