USE THIS ONEThe Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Landing Craft (LLC) Enhancement Program is the winner of the 2020 Essington Lewis Awards – Minor Sustainment Activity – Under A$20 million. Navantia Australia, UGL, Defence Science and Technology, Navy Technical Bureau, led by the Amphibious Combat and Sealift System Program Office (ACSSPO), and Capability Support Coordinator, KBR, formed a collaborative multi-stakeholder engineering team to achieve a significant enhancement to the LLC capability.

Following a deep technical evaluation, the team delivered design and construction solutions and new understandings that provide both immediate and long-term improvements to the LLCs. The solutions also provide enhanced capability for the LLC, which has resulted in long-term strategic benefits, including significant cost savings, for the Commonwealth and the Australian community over the next decade of service.

Navantia Australia Chairman Warren King said, “the LLC Enhancement Program win is an outstanding achievement and great example of defence and industry collaboration.”

Navantia Australia Managing Director Alfonso García-Valdés said “Navantia Australia’s Melbourne Naval Design & Engineering Centre produced the design and installation package. This is a prime example of Navantia Australia’s Engineering capability and commitment to supporting the Commonwealth of Australia, with the work performed in Australia for Australia, building on the Australian design knowledge a capability.”

Navantia Australia worked collaboratively with the Amphibious Combat and Sealift SPO (ACSSPO) to assist them with understanding of the LLC Design and capability. The team undertook a systematic process to evaluate the customer operational requirements and developed a number of options to improve the LLC overall capability. Through this collaborative process, Navantia Australia increased the LLC cargo capacity from 20 tonnes and up to 60 tonnes within normal operational limits. This eliminated any perceptions of global strength limitations that had previously restricted the vessels ability to operate in a seaway. The result is a 300 percent improvement in performance at minimal cost.

The Essington Lewis Awards are designed to recognise excellence in industry and the Department of Defence collaboration, working together to overcome challenges or problems – ensuring that the ADF has or will have the materiel it needs, when it needs it, and at a cost, that represents value for money.


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  1. Getting an award for sorting out a problem that never should have existed in the first place if we’d actually been sold what we paid for?
    How many taxpayer dollars were spent on this programme when it should have been solely down to the supplier providing equipment that could do what it said on the box?

  2. I don’t disagree with the underlying sentiment, however the team that resolved the matter were not the cause of it. Their demonstrated collaborative approach (Defence and Industry) is what we are undoubtedly going to need in the years and decades ahead, so I see this as a positive and worthy of celebrating.


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