Military Capabilities

Australia launches investigation into frigate sustainment project

13 May 2019

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into some of the procurement activities and costs incurred in the project to sustain the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) ageing Adelaide-class FFG frigates.

A DoD spokesperson told Jane's on 14 May that the investigation is a result of a "confidential complaint" in relation to procurement activities on the sustainment programme, which was carried out by contractors including BAE Systems and Thales. The investigation was first revealed in a report by The Australian on 11 May.

The RAN originally operated six FFG frigates but four have been decommissioned in recent years.

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