Department of Defence is seeking input from industry to support the ongoing management and operation of the Captain Cook graving dock at the Garden Island Defence Precinct in Sydney. The Captain Cook graving dock is a key strategic national asset which supports naval sustainment operations through the ability to dry dock the Navy’s largest ships.

Head Maritime Systems at the Department of Defence, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm said a Request for Information has been released to Australian industry as part of a full appraisal of the operation and support arrangements for the dock. “As we plan for an evolving regional landscape and implement Plan Galileo – our national approach to sustaining our Navy’s existing and future capabilities – it is appropriate to review the management of critical Defence assets such as the Captain Cook graving dock,” Malcolm said. “Australian industry has an important role to play in ensuring we develop optimal future arrangements.”

The Request for Information has been released via AusTender and industry has three weeks to respond. The Captain Cook graving dock plays an integral role in maintaining Australia’s naval fleet and Australian industry is encouraged to contribute their expertise to the Review. The themes that emerge from the Request for Information, along with other considerations, will inform the future procurement strategy. The current operations and support contract for the dock is due to expire in May 2024. The Request for Information is available on AusTender at: Current ATM View – MSD/RFI/22725/1: AusTender (

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