The federal government has signed a $12 million contract with a Nowra business that is providing crucial search and rescue services at HMAS Albatross, securing the jobs of the company’s 50 employees.
OPSTAR Pty Ltd’s contract sees Navy personnel at HMAS Albatross have access to search and rescue services, including aviation emergency response, first response medical treatment and extraction and recovery services both day and night.
“OPSTAR has been instrumental in developing the search and rescue capability to prepare for a wide variety of potential incidents that may occur at HMAS Albatross and associated training areas,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.
“This contract will ensure that our Navy personnel receive crucial emergency response services if and when they need. It is further evidence of the Morrison Government’s support of small and medium businesses in our defence industry.”
The contract will allow OPSTAR to continue providing aviation emergency response and land-based rescue services at HMAS Albatross until mid-2023, with the option of two one-year extensions.
“OPSTAR employs nearly 50 employees in the Nowra region and these jobs have been secured as a result of this contract.” Minister Price said.
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said this was an important investment to help build and maintain Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities, but more importantly, saving lives.
“This contract will not only facilitate essential emergency response services, but also continue to support local jobs and support families in my electorate of Gilmore.” Senator Molan said.