Optimising Availability, Capability, and Affordability across the Fleet: A Total Life Cycle Management Approach for Improving Seaworthiness

Asset Management Paper




Australia is embarking on the largest reconstitution of its navy in the post-WWII era. In 2016, Australia’s federal government unveiled a national ship-building strategy for continuous build of more than 50 ships and submarines in Australia. Investment of this magnitude significantly increases the future need for in-service support, maintenance, modernisation and life cycle management of the nation’s major fleet units.

Over the past couple years, Chief of Navy has repeatedly advocated cooperation between Defence and its industry partners to implement total asset management as the standard practice for sustaining ships and submarines.

As new shipbuilding programs progress from concept and design to construction and delivery, existing platforms will continue to age; requirements to provide maritime capability to the country’s operational commanders will not be relaxed and may actually increase with rising geopolitical tensions in the IndoPacific region.

An ethos of life cycle management within both Navy and Australia’s defence industry necessitates asset management principles and practices be applied within each class of ship to optimise availability, capability and affordability in support of national maritime defence strategy.


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