Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, DMO - ACPB sustainment in Northern Australia

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Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, Head Maritime Systems Division, Defence Materiel delivered this presentation at the inaugural Northern Australia Defence Summit. Bringing together key figures from the NT Government, senior military figures, and senior industry representatives, this conference is all about the continuing development and support of Defence in the Top End.

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Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, DMO - ACPB sustainment in Northern Australia

  1. 1. ACPB Sustainment in Northern Australia Rear Admiral Mark PURCELL, RAN Head Maritime Systems Northern Australia Defence Summit Darwin Convention Centre 29-30 October 2013 Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  2. 2. Scope • Defence approach to sustainment of capability • ACPB Sustainment and Defence considerations • Cost of sustaining the capability • Infrastructure and industry capacity • Future of ACPB and replacement of the capability Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  3. 3. ACPB Sustainment Approach • Most business conducted through Prime Contractors • Particularly relevant to Northern Australia where breadth and depth of industry ship repair capability remains both underdeveloped and stretched • Local business opportunities limited to supporting Primes • The ACPB is the primary patrol and response unit assigned to the Border Protection Command – Enforcing Australian and International laws at sea – Responding to suspected illegal activities occurring within Australia's Maritime Jurisdiction Zones – Operation Sovereign Borders Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  4. 4. Maritime Jurisdiction Zones 3 5 ! 2 4 ! 1 6 Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  5. 5. ACPB In-Service Support • • • • • Prime contracted to provide 15 years through-life support Key contract requirements: – Provide Integrated Support System delivering 3500 days availability – Perform the Integrated Support Activities so that the Commonwealth can achieve the Required Availability – Capability to support ACPB in the Areas of Operations Prime is responsible for maintaining platforms and support systems Defence pays for annual patrol boat availability delivered Defence sustains independently specific government provided equipments Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  6. 6. ACPB Sustainment Costs • Support costs ~$40m per annum • Planned withdrawal date 2020-22 • Total sustainment costs for remainder of life $345m • Fixed price maintenance and logistic support comprises 91% of total cost • Does not include capability upgrades Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  7. 7. Infrastructure & Industry Capacity • Principle maintenance locations - Darwin and Cairns • Lack of infrastructure to support increasing maintenance requirements in those locations • Lack of surge capacity and depth to meet growth work presented by ageing fleet • Seasonal factors impacting maintenance programs more problematic • Industry capacity limitations has required leveraging a broader supply network within Australia • Maintenance activities now also conducted in Brisbane and Henderson (Singapore for emergency defect repair) Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  8. 8. ACPB Sustainment Considerations • The Prime (Maintenance Authority) determines the location for conduct of maintenance activities • Decisions are based on: – commercial arrangements and cost – capacity and capability of local industry – OEM maintenance requirements – complexity of work and operational imperative – weather and other seasonal factors – capacity of in-house capability • Defence does not direct location or scope of work or repair methodology but it does inject operational and technical considerations into decision-making Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  9. 9. Prime considerations for Defence • Impact on ACPB availability and vessel demand • Performance of contractors in execution of work • Contractor capabilities, quality management and safety management • Schedule management and work flow to ensure maintenance is completed on time • Management of and planning for emergent work • Supply Chain lead times • Maintenance of technical integrity of platforms • Maintenance of configuration control process Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  10. 10. ACPB Capability Issues • Extremely high-tempo operating environment • Availability impacted by materiel readiness • Platform reliability and materiel status impaired by long standing and emergent defects and high instances of operational damage • Propulsion system defects and hull corrosion • Extent of corrosion higher than expected • Structural cracking becoming more problematic • Lack of robustness and reliability of some machinery and equipment increasing rate of failure Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  11. 11. Future of the ACPB • ACPB at halfway stage of it planned life of type with decommissioning set to commence 2020 • ACPB experiencing early ageing due high tempo • Replacement brought forward in 2013 DWP • Replacement vessels are more likely to be Patrol Boats, than OCV Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  12. 12. Future Challenges • Skills shortages for Industry, PBSPO, & Navy, in Darwin and the need to understand how to address this • Logistical challenges for parts supply from OEMs • Darwin has no Naval “dockyard” Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force
  13. 13. www.defence.gov.au/dmo equip and sustain the Australian Defence Force Equip and Sustain the Australian Defence Force

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