BAE Systems will deliver the five year Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) alongside the Ministry of Defence for the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.
The firm say here that in March, BAE Systems was selected by the MOD to deliver the Ship Engineering Delivery & Management contract at Portsmouth Naval Base.
A joint venture between BAE Systems and KBR, named KBS Maritime, was awarded the Hard Facilities Management & Alongside Services contract at Portsmouth.
Together the two contracts are valued up to £1.3 billion.
“Our strong past performance and our ability to deliver the Royal Navy’s future requirements were instrumental in winning the two largest Portsmouth FMSP contracts,” commented Jon Pearson, Warship Support Director for BAE Systems’ Maritime Services business.
“Under previous contracts we’ve helped the MOD transform Portsmouth Naval Base, delivering major infrastructure improvements and reducing carbon emissions by 65% over the last 15 years, while at the same time improving the availability of the Royal Navy’s warships. Under FMSP, we will continue to transform to meet the Royal Navy’s evolving requirements and deliver with the same pride and emphasis on performance, innovation and availability.”
As well as improving ship availability, BAE System say they have helped the MoD to deliver a number of major improvements to the base under Maritime Support Delivery Framework, with the end goal of creating a 21st century naval base fit to support the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, all while maintaining operational tempo.
These improvements include:
- Development of ‘North Corner’, the aircraft carrier centre of specialisation, and support to regeneration of jetties, allowing the home-basing of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales
- Bringing the carriers into service, providing support to the vessels and preparing them for exercises and sea trials
- Preparation and inaugural deployment of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group
- Development of the Type 45 centre of specialisation, including regeneration of 14 and 15 Dock and installation of the iconic 68 metre tall 14 Dock crane
- Refurbished C & D lock to accommodate increased vessel transit to 3 Basin / Harbour.
- Design and development of the 13Mw combined heat and power centre, installation of 1.5Mw of solar power, 3Mw large scale battery storage, installation of electric vehicle charging points, and the introduction of 48 electric vans
- New Thunderer workshop, the amalgamation of workshops under one roof to drive efficiencies
- Installation of Vessel Tracking Management System harbour radar for vessel tracking
Development of Royal Navy Reservist facility HMS King Alfred on Watering Island
Improvements to security infrastructure
- Support to base’s heritage building, including refurbishment of Long Row/The Parade
- Ongoing development of the Royal Navy War Fighting Centre
- Ongoing installation of the Queen Elizabeth Class Forward Logistics Centre