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ATSA Completes Work at LHD Training Facility

17 October 2013

ATSA has completed a package of work at the Contract Temporary Training Facility (CTTF) at Mascot in support of the Australian Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship building project. Under contract to L3-Communications (Australia), ATSA completed the cabling fit-out for the Communications Centre training facility over a period of 15 weeks.

ATSA General Manager, Jennylee Taylor said that ATSA had meticulously planned the work to be conducted at the CTTF and arrived fully prepared on site ready to begin work. “Working with the L-3 project manager, we put a great deal of effort in our preparation for this project before we even attended the site”, said Jenny, “And that paid off when we were able to complete all of the works on-time and on-budget”. Cabling the Communications Centre required installation of hundreds of metres of cable ranging up to 40 pairs in some cables. ATSA used a crew of four staff who rotated through the work to ensure high quality and attention to detail when fitting of the complex multi-core connectors required for the communications equipment.

The Communications training centre is part of the greater Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship training facility at Mascot in New South Wales built by BAE Systems and officially opened by the Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly in April this year. Over the next two-and-a-half years the new facility will provide training to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in the safe operation and maintenance of the LHD ships. The facility has the potential for follow-on training and through life support training and to manage and conduct other future training for the ADF. The two LHD ships will each have a crew of over 350 Navy, Army and Air Force personnel.

“The process of working with the L-3 technical and project management staff on site was seamless” , Jennylee said, “ATSA would be happy to work with L-3 on any future projects”.

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