AMCouncil visits HMNZS Otago

National Chair AM Council Toby Horstead, recently visited our AMCouncil Corporate Member Babcock for a tour of the Davenport Naval base in New Zealand, on 20 April where he was shown their application of asset management to the sustainment of the NZ Navy ships.

Toby was provided a briefing and presentation and met the Babcock onsite leadership team. Jon Irving of the NZ Chapter Committee then showed Toby around their work at the base and also specifically HMNZS Otago.


Simultaneous Launch of Maritime Assets

Two Guardian Pass patrol boats were simultaneously launched at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, WA.

The Australian Marine Complex leads the world in the construction of high speed, lightweight vessels. The maritime precinct, where the two Guardian Pass patrol boats were launched, is approximately 35 hectares in area, and is home to five primary shipbuilders1. Austal, a global defence prime contractor, has designed and built the Patrol Class for the Commonwealth of Australia2.


New Technologies to Hobart Class

BAE Systems are delivering new technologies that will enable data-driven decision-making for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) three Hobart Class destroyers through the Destroyer Enterprise Charter.

The Charter was launched in late 2019 to support the warships and transition them into service. BAE Systems is the managing contractor of the Destroyer Enterprise, with industry partners including Navantia Australia, Raytheon, Thales, CASG, and RAN1.


Australian Defence Force – Space Division

The Royal Australian Air Force will establish a Space Division, with the federal government investing $7 billion1 into space capability. The continued research into space domain awareness builds on our nation’s relationships with the United States and other key partners. It is expected that the Space Division will be launched in early 2022.


Defence Assets

The Australian Army received news of an upgrade to its armed reconnaissance capability, following the selection of Boeing’s Apache Guardian to replace the ARH Tiger from 2025.

Boeing’s Apache AH64E helicopter is equipped with improved sensors, communication suites, attack capabilities, and improved survivability. It is the most lethal and lowest-risk option, and meets all of the defence’s requirements for assets, such as through-life support and high-detail security function1.