Edwards appointed RFA Cluster Programme Director

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A&P Group’s UKCCATS Programme Manager Andrew Edwards has been appointed RFA Cluster Programme Director for A&P Group Defence.

In this role he will be responsible for planning, managing and delivering packages of work under A&P Group’s £239m Future In-Service Support (FISS) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Bay Class vessels – RFA Mounts Bay, RFA Cardigan Bay and RFA Lyme Bay as well as RFA Argus and Ocean Survey Vessel HMS Scott.

Managing a team of 14 and reporting to Gerald Pitts, Managing Director – A&P Defence, Mr Edwards will oversee all ship maintenance, refit packages and urgent support when vessels are deployed overseas.  His first projects will include preparation for HMS Scott’s Fleet Time Support Period in February, RFA Argus’ Assisted Maintenance Period in March and RFA Mounts Bay’s Annual Certification Period in April.

A Chartered Engineer, Mr Edwards joined A&P in 2017 after a 20-year career in the Royal Navy, followed by 10 years in the offshore oil and gas industry, where he undertook a range of engineering, project management and operational roles.   Joining A&P initially as a Trials Officer in support of the Customisation, Capability Assessment Trials and Support for Tide Class Tankers (UKCCATS) contract, he has been Programme Manager since 2018.

Gerald Pitts, A&P Defence Managing Director said: “Andrew brings very rounded experience and insight to this role thanks to his time on the UKCATTS contract, where he developed a detailed understanding of the unique needs of the RFA and the Ministry of Defence’s appetite for collaborative working.  Andrew has already proven his tenacity and attention to detail and we are delighted that he will be driving the operational aspects of this contract going forwards.”

A&P Group Defence is part of A&P Group , which operates seven dry docks across four strategic locations in the UK and delivers global engineering excellence to the commercial shipping, marine, offshore wind, oil and gas, civil nuclear and defence industries. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects. A&P Group is part of Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services.