Babcock International has been awarded a configuration management contract by the Ministry of Defence for the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary surface ship fleet.

Supported by Allan Webb Ltd, this four year contract will see Babcock assume responsibility for the Surface Ship Definition Database (SSDD), a tool used for the management of platform related data. Operation of the Master Record Data Centre (MRDC), the core facility for ship information configuration services, will deliver major activities including:

  • Equipment ship fit configuration;
  • Ship datum document configuration; and
  • Defect report management via the Surface Ship Equipment Data Record.

The work of the MRDC (Ships) will contribute to ensuring that the necessary systems and equipment – including the associated maintenance and spares information – are available when and where they are required to meet RN and RFA demand.

According to a news release:

“The SSDD interfaces with numerous MOD systems enabling Babcock to efficiently deliver a holistic, surface ship management solution. Over the course of the contract, tangible benefits will be evident on existing programmes and new builds, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers with Babcock embedding and, where necessary, upgrading existing data management systems to aid through-life support programmes.

Babcock’s Data Centre near Bristol will host the specialist applications. Benefitting from strong supply chain collaborations, delivery of the MRDC (Ships) service will be driven from the core configuration team in Portsmouth with Babcock and Allan Webb staff co-located for essential skills integration across this important contract.”

Simon Knight, Naval Engineering Director at Babcock said:

“Babcock’s expert teams will support the delivery of first-rate support to our customer across this contract. As the UK’s leading naval support business, we have been working closely with the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence to support its critical assets for decades and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Babcock assume responsibility for the SSDD.

    Was that previously an in house activity of the Mod or RN through DES? If so, this is another privatisation, is it not?

  2. “The work of the MRDC (Ships) will contribute to ensuring that the necessary systems and equipment – including the associated maintenance and spares information – are available when and where they are required to meet RN and RFA demand.”

    Yep its a great system to get the data for finding say a valve nato stock number or manufacturers part number, the ERG code and its and other matching items location onboard …
    The issue is that when you come to order it the equipment desk come back with a “Not Available Any Galaxy”… the explanation being that the returns store have 18 other items awaiting repair but the repair contract only allows them to send in 20 at a time so they can save money by doing repairs in bulk…
    And that is a true dit no ***t as it was once explained to me by someone sat on a desk in Abbey Wood.

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