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Babcock has been awarded a new five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue providing in-service support for the Royal Navy’s ship protective systems (SPS), the company announced on 6 February 2024.

The contract consists of degaussing, cathodic protection, and active shaft grounding to ships and submarines, restricting the rate of hull corrosion and reducing their magnetic signature to make them less susceptible to magnetic mines.

Provision of system spares is an important aspect of the contract, working with Allan Webb Ltd to manage obsolescence risk for the affected systems.

Repair of defective system parts is an additional requirement, which will benefit from Babcock’s experience in overcoming issues related to obsolescent systems.

Neil Young, Babcock’s engineering and technology director, was quoted as saying in a company press release. “This five-year contract is testament to the existing SPS team and the confidence the MoD customer has in their delivery of in-service support to the Royal Navy’s surface and submarine fleets.

“We have been working closely with the Royal Navy and MoD to support its critical assets for decades and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship. Their mission is our mission.”

UK Defence Procurement Minister James Cartlidge speaking with the base commander of HMNB Devonport, Royal Marines Brigadier Mike Tanner, during a visit to the base on 31 October 2023. Babcock will continue to provide in-service support for the ship protective systems of the Royal Navy’s surface and submarine fleets. (Photo: Crown Copyright)