Thales Australia


PH Electrical provides ongoing electrical maintenance support to Thales on the Armidale Class Patrol Boat In Service Support contract. Under this contract, PH Electrical quotes and carries out planned and reactive maintenance works as well as urgent defect tasks to the vessels that make port in Darwin.

The Defence prime contractor, Thales Australia, identifies planned maintenance activities to be completed during quarterly maintenance periods. PH Electrical is responsible for identifying hazards, defects and non-conformances, rectifying items deemed not safe and repairing emergency safety items.

The purpose of the preventative maintenance is to ensure that the electrical safety of all individuals (crew and contractors) is maintained to the highest standards on the ACPB fleet.
Examples of tasks undertaken within the maintenance program include:

  • removing and inspecting masts for integrity
  • inspecting electrics for sensors, lights, radars etc
  • programming of Marine Link system for sensors and programmable units monitoring status on boats’ mechanical and electrical system
  • inspections and testing for onshore mains power
  • 12-monthly portable appliance testing
  • 12-month electrical system inspections, including control panels, distribution boards, earthing arrangements, junction boxes, sub-circuits, PLCs and IO modules
  • identifying hazards and non-conformances, including reporting remediation works
  • periodical testing and maintenance of inverters and UPS system
  • periodical float charge
  • programming and commissioning of the Marine Link system and sensors.