View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aznac View post tag: Frigate February 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian View post tag: awards Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: government Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract Share this article View post tag: contract A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.“In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector – commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,” Senator Carr said.“I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the preferred tenderer.”Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.“In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost savings. “These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity, greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.“This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security for, and investment in, its workforce. “This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent on Australia’s defence.”Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; View post tag: class Industry news
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The Wisconsin men’s soccer team embarked on its first “real” road trip of the season Thursday when the squad flew to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational to be held at the UNM Soccer Complex.Following last weekend’s heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson, Wisconsin (3-1-0) will be looking to bag a top-ten victory when they line up against No. 3 University of New Mexico (4-0-0) Friday night at 8 p.m. The team will play its second and final tournament match Sunday morning at 10:30 p.m. against Butler University (5-0-0).Head coach Jeff Rohrman is delighted with the idea of facing two undefeated clubs and believes his team has the potential to fare quite well in the tourney.”It’s a great opportunity for us to play a top-five team [in New Mexico] and then also a top-five team in our region in Butler,” Rohrman said. “It’s a huge weekend for us, we’re looking forward to it and hopefully Sunday we’ll be flying back with two wins.”Friday’s matchup with New Mexico will be not be easy, however. The Lobos have won 11-straight at the UNM Soccer Complex, and have only one loss at home in head coach Jeremy Fishbein’s tenure.While Rohrman admits playing a team of such high caliber at home will be difficult, he hopes the competition will prepare his squad for the upcoming Big Ten season.”It’s going to prepare us for a pretty rigorous October with regard to some of the teams and games we’re going to be playing through that month,” Rohrman said. “So, it will simulate what we can expect from some of those teams when we get to that part of the season.”Providing the scoring for the Lobos is senior forward Jeff Rowland, whose 10 points and five goals both rank in the top-20 in the NCAA. Rowland’s finishing touch has played a major role so far this season as UNM has outscored their opponents 8-2.In order to notch a victory, the Badger defense will need to shut down the Lobo offense, primarily with an attack on Rowland’s impressive goal streak. Junior captain Aaron Hohlbein leads the assault, and is encouraging the rest of the defense to play patiently against the 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward.”I just need to keep the other guys focused,” Hohlbein said. “Just tell the guys to be relaxed and not to step in and don’t over-commit … just play the way that they always play and don’t think about anything else.”On the defensive side, New Mexico’s three shutouts in four games are tied for second in the nation. Following shutout victories over No. 23 Penn State, No. 18 Ohio State and West Virginia, the Lobos may have the Badgers scratching their heads looking for a way to score.With 5-foot-8 sophomores Victor Diaz and Sho Fujita in the attack, the Badgers will need to utilize their speed up front to counter the pair of 6-foot-4 Lobo defenders Andrew Boyers and Josh Brown.”New Mexico is a team that has got two very large center-backs,” Rohrman said. “We’re going to have to look to get early balls into [our forwards], so they’re going to have to be alert and aware of what spaces they can get into, and hopefully we can cause some problems that way.”Another certain factor in Friday’s match will be the crowd. Last season, the UNM Soccer Complex averaged 2,379 fans per game — the second-highest attendance in the NCAA in 2004. Tonight, however, is “Stuff the Stadium” night, and all tickets are only $2. With an anticipated crowd of nearly 5,000 fans, Rohrman’s club will surely enjoy themselves.”I think they’ll be excited,” Rohrman said. “A lot of our guys have some great experiences playing with regional teams and traveling abroad and so forth. I think [the crowd] will energize and motivate them; I don’t think it will put any fear in them. They’ll be ready to go.”