Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds CSC said the agreement with the U.S. Navy was evidence of the close ties between the two Navies. The Royal Australian Navy has a foreign military sustainability agreement with the United States Navy, and this contract is an extension of the current agreements. . Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, has been awarded a AUD 200 million contract to provide support services to the Royal Australian Navy`s 24 MH-60R (Romeo) helicopter fleet. The five-year contract will create 48 new positions in sikorsky Australia`s specially created logistics maintenance and support structure at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park, Nowra NSW. Sikorsky Australia, part of the Royal Australian Navy`s Fleet Air arm, will assist the MH-60R fleet in base and use, including maintenance, training, storage, supply assistance and test equipment services. “The U.S. Navy plays a central and trustworthy role in providing ongoing support for this capability,” Reynolds said. “The Morrison government is committed to maximizing the opportunities of the Australian defence industry through its unprecedented investments in defence capabilities over the next decade.” Joe North, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia, said: “Sikorsky Australia has a proven track record as a sustainable development partner for the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Arm and is an example of the capacity of Australian industry. As the world`s most advanced sea helicopter, the MH-60R is an essential capability for the Royal Australian Navy to defend Australia`s national interests, and Sikorsky Australia engineers are proud to work with our service personnel to maximize the fleet`s readiness. “Based at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park in Nowra, this contract will secure existing staff of 140 and create 39 new positions, including several apprenticeship positions in the Shoalhaven area of NSW,” Price said. “The awarding of this contract is another example of the first-class local industry that Australia has to offer.” Click the button below to send an email to our team and we`ll get there as soon as possible.
. . . The awarding of the contract coincides with the appointment of three new aircraft apprentices by Sikorsky Australia.