International services company and defence specialist Serco has won a £20 million contract to provide aircraft engineering support and airfield services at Royal Naval Air Stations (RNAS) Yeovilton and Culdrose.
The contract begins in January and will run for four years and three months with a 12-month extension option.
Serco will supply aircraft engineering support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Helicopter Force and Wildcat Helicopter Force based out of Culdrose and Yeovilton (pictured) respectively, enabling the Royal Navy’s operational capability and airworthiness of the rotary fleets.
Additional services include maintaining specialist ground support equipment for both aircraft types, providing refuelling services at both air stations and administrative support including operational planning support to 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose. The contract will also aid flight training with simulator instructors.
Paul McCarter, managing director of Serco’s defence division, said that provision of these critical services at the two West Country Naval Air Stations for the Royal Navy would “complement the business’s existing operational presence in the region with maritime services at Devonport and our team of aircraft engineers supporting Leonardo Helicopters and the Merlin helicopter fleet at RNAS Culdrose”.
He added: “This is an exciting time for the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and its engineering branch as the helicopter force of Merlin and Wildcat aircraft support a surface fleet that is modernising and changing shape with the two operational carriers and the Type 26 and Type 31 classes on the horizon.”
The current 100-strong workforce will transfer to Serco under TUPE rules.
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