PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom. --– BAE Systems has signed a contract with the Armada de Chile for the support of the three Type 23 frigates being transferred to the Chilean Navy. The contract covers support of the ships while they are in UK waters following acceptance before their final departure to Chile.
The contract for UK support was signed by Nigel Billingham, managing director of BAE Systems CS&S Naval business, and Vice Admiral Juan Eduardo Illanes, Director General Services of the Armada De Chile, following the formal naming and handover ceremony of the first ship to be transferred to the Armada de Chile by the UK MoD, the Almirante Cochrane.
Nigel Billingham, managing director of BAE Systems CS&S Naval, said: “This contract means that BAE Systems will provide valuable support for the ships while they are in UK waters. It is also an important first step in our efforts to develop a full support solution for the frigates when they enter service with the Chilean navy.”
The contract with the Armada de Chile follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed at Euronaval (Paris) in October 2006 by BAE Systems and ASMAR, the Chilean ship-building and ship-repair company. The MoU set out the broader terms for cooperation between the companies on support for the three frigates when they enter service in Chile.
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BAE Systems Signs Initial Support Contract for Chilean Frigates