Today, BAE Systems marks its first day as part of the team that will deliver the five-year Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) alongside the Ministry of Defense (MOD) for the Royal Navy. 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 (FM) & Alongside Services contract at Portsmouth. Together the two contracts are valued at up to £1.3 billion. Deliver with same dignity and importance “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.” Delivering transformation BAE Systems delivers transformation alongside the new service provider partners to support the Royal Navy “As the Royal Navy delivers its part of the UK’s Global Britain strategy and continues on its journey to becoming a digital navy by 2025, BAE Systems will continue to develop the capabilities our nation’s sailors need to succeed in an ever-changing global defense environment,” commented David Mitchard, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime Services business. “Under the new contract, we will transform using new digital and data technologies, further increasing the availability of ships and the level of support carried out by our highly qualified personnel wherever the Royal Navy is deployed around the world. We’re excited by the opportunity to continue delivering transformation alongside our new service provider partners to support the Royal Navy in, and from, Portsmouth.” Built on a record of success BAE Systems has supported the Royal Navy for more than 20 years as the MOD’s industry partner in Portsmouth, managing the entire estate and transforming how the Portsmouth flotilla was managed, ultimately improving the availability of its warships. As well as improving ship availability, BAE Systems 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 specialization, 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 specialization, 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 (QLC) Reducing carbon emissions Alongside operational improvements, BAE Systems has helped reduce carbon emissions from 100,000 tonnes to 35,000 tonnes per annum over the last 15 years. It has also helped the MOD to develop its carbon profile and roadmap for Portsmouth Naval Base and will support its implementation to achieve the MOD’s goal of being Net Carbon Zero by 2050.
BAE Systems. has successfully completed the management and delivery of planned overseas support for the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21). The carrier group sailed from the UK in May and has been supported by BAE Systems throughout its deployment. BAE Systems engineers and technicians have overseen the maintenance of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elisabeth, Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, and Type 23 frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, in a number of countries along the route of CSG21. Foreign government organisations As well as delivering maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s ships, BAE Systems also delivered specialised support to the ships’ combat systems and the fleet of F-35 aircraft onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. Almost 100 engineers and technicians from BAE Systems and its partners have deployed across the world and onboard the ships in order to deliver the support needed to keep CSG21 at sea. BAE Systems also delivered specialised support to the ships’ combat systems Supporting a large and varied group of complex warships so far from their home port has required the close and careful coordination of multiple industries, Ministry of Defense (MOD), military and foreign government organisations, as well as expertise from across BAE Systems. Most critical elements BAE Systems has managed one of the most critical elements of the operation: the virtual Class Output Management (COM) function, the cross-industry team responsible for overseeing and coordinating support for the entire strike group. As well as managing support efforts across five different classes of vessel, the COM team has co-ordinated organisations including the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Defense Equipment and Support (DE&S), Defense Munitions and several equipment manufacturers and support providers to deliver high quality and effective support across CSG21. Synthetic training environment BAE Systems engineers have also supported the combat management systems Experts from BAE Systems’ air division also worked closely with the F-35 pilots and aircraft onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth to prepare them for the deployment and delivered a synthetic training environment on the ship to allow UK Lightning Force and US Marine Corps pilots to quickly and easily refresh emergency procedure training and conduct mission rehearsals while at sea. BAE Systems engineers have also supported the combat management systems, air traffic control system, and communications systems of all the Royal Navy ships throughout their deployment. Integration services have been provided at the Maritime Integration and Support Centre (MISC) in Portsmouth, allowing systems to be tested together prior to, and during, deployment. Optimal working condition The primary objective of the support period was to enable the strike group to remain at sea by keeping the vessels in optimal working condition. In early September, following careful planning and the dispatch of materials, BAE Systems led a team of highly qualified operatives – made up of 40 BAE Systems staff alongside a number of industry partners, equipment manufacturers, MOD and service personnel - to Guam in the Western Pacific, to deliver the final deployed support activities, working alongside local contractors and suppliers. Work was also carried out on the Type 23 frigates’ visual landing aids As well as extensive maintenance checks throughout the vessels, the team conducted a range of essential work, including scheduled maintenance of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s engines and aircraft lifts. Work was also carried out on the Type 23 frigates’ visual landing aids and the Type 45 destroyers’ gas turbines. Emergent technical issue In addition to planned work, a team of 30 BAE Systems personnel had earlier joined HMS Diamond at short notice in the Mediterranean to address an emergent technical issue. The team was able to take advantage of this to address planned maintenance requirements ahead of schedule, minimising the number of days in port across the deployment. “Delivering deployed support to CSG21 has been a complex and exciting project and one that we’ve been proud to lead,” commented Jon Pearson, Warship Support Director, BAE Systems. “We have spent months planning and forward-deploying resource and materials for CSG21 and have been responsible for liaising with everyone from suppliers to industry partners, the MOD and foreign base personnel." "We’ve been flexible and agile in the face of shifting requirements, with the added complexity of the global pandemic. Our teams responded to these challenges admirably, drawing on our extensive subject matter expertise, partner network and global reach. We extend our thanks to our numerous industry partners and to the MOD and the foreign governments that made this project such a success.”