Sunday, September 22, 2019

Ministry Of Defence News

Photo: Incat

"Saint John Paul II" Delivered to Virtu Ferries

Incat delivered its latest large fast ferry, a 110-meter catamaran for Virtu Ferries of Malta dubbed Saint John Paul II.Saint John Paul II is the 44th large commercial fast ferry delivered by Incat and the sixth in excess of 5,500gt in the past decade; a decade also shared with 19 other Incat newbuilds of smaller passenger ferries and support vessels.“Using the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic free-running model test techniques, the well proven Incat Wave Piercing Catamaran hullform has been further developed for Mediterranean winter conditions…

Launching of Fortitude Photo by ST Marine (Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd

ST Marine Launches Sixth LMV, Fortitude

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), has successfully launched the sixth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Fortitude, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The ceremony, held at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard, was officiated by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport. Mr Ng’s spouse, Mrs Michelle Ng was the lady sponsor who named and launched the vessel in accordance with naval traditions.

Photo: Cox Powertrain

US Coast Guard in CRADA with Cox Powertrain

The US Coast Guard has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with British diesel engine innovator, Cox Powertrain. The CRADA will evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. There a been a big swell of interest in diesel outboards since NATO introduced its single fuel policy, with the military and naval forces of member countries keen to phase out petrol-fuelled outboards in favour of cleaner diesel alternatives.

Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy: Zeit

Hunt for Russian Submarine near Scotland

The British, French and Canadians are searching the seas off Scotland for a Russian submarine detected off the northern coast 10 days ago, reports the Australian. French patrol planes are scouring the seas off Scotland for a Russian submarine after Britain was forced to call on allies for help because it has scrapped its own sub-hunting aircraft. BBC says that an RAF plane is "conducting activity" off the Scottish coast, the Ministry of Defence says, amid reports of a Russian submarine being spotted in the area.

MTU Powers RSN Navy's Littoral Mission Vessel

MTU to power eight Republic of Singapore Navy’s new patrol vessels. Employees and guests, including senior representatives from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Ministry of Defence, gathered at Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) to witness the launching of the RSN’s newest vessel, Independence, by Ivy Ng, wife of Singapore’s Minister for Defense. This is the first of the series of eight new patrol vessels currently under construction in ST Marine for the RSN since June 2014. All eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV) will be powered by MTU Series 4000 diesel engines.

Inaugural IMarEst Marine Electrical and Control Systems Saftey Conference

Ships are becoming increasingly dependent on complex electronic equipment and electrical power systems, with incidence of engine failure and blackouts increasing. Safety and reliability are paramount, as will be discussed and debated at a new conference taking place in early October. With just over a week before the inaugural Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS 2013) organized by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) opens in Amsterdam, speakers from Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, U.K. and U.S.

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Marine H1 2013 Strong Revenue Increase

Revenue increased by 16%, reflecting OE volume from improvement in the Offshore sector, services growth in Offshore and Naval and foreign exchange benefits. However profit decreased by 8% due to adverse revenue mix, pricing pressures and warranty charges, partially offset by cost reduction and favourable foreign exchange. The order book increased 10% including an order intake of £1.7bn (£2.2bn in H1 2012). The decrease in new orders primarily reflects the UK Ministry of Defence £1.1bn order for submarine reactor core capability in H1 2012…

EAAW V Flier: Image credit IMarEST

'Engine as a Weapon' Symposium Planned

Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) the programme for the 5th Symposium is published. The symposium programme for the fifth 'Engine As A Weapon Symposium (EAAW V)', with its theme ‘Delivering Military Effect: A holistic approach to combat and platform system integration’, and featuring presentations by experts in combat and platform system design from home and overseas has now been published. Dr Mark Townley, Combat Systems Director, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships will deliver the keynote address on the opening morning of the symposium.

Rolls-Royce, Derby (UK) Office Opening

HRH Duke of Kent K.G. performed the official opening of Atlantic House, a new state-of-the-art office facility located on the Raynesway Site. Lawrie Haynes, Rolls-Royce President – Nuclear said: "We are delighted to welcome HRH Duke of Kent to Raynesway to officially open Atlantic House and to see some of the important work that we do in support of the Royal Navy's Submarine Programme. "Atlantic House provides a superb and modern working environment for our people and their extraordinary engineering skills and expertise.

Astute-class Submarine: Computer-generated image credit MOD

Rolls-Royce Awarded Long-term Submarine Propulsion Contract

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) £800 million contract with Rolls-Royce is for delivery & maintenance of the UK's nuclear submarine propulsion capability. Under the 10-year contract, which will help sustain around 2,000 jobs across the UK, Rolls-Royce will deliver and maintain the nuclear power source for the Royal Navy’s Astute Class and future Successor deterrent submarines. Part of the Submarine enterprise performance programme (SEPP), this contract will also help the company to transform its operations to carry out its work at best value for the taxpayer.

Forward Island Module: Photo credit BAE

UK Aircraft Carrier Forward Island Module to be Shipped

The BAE Systems built Forward Island for 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' to transit by barge for mounting in Rosyth shipyard. The iconic Forward Island, known as Upper Block 07, is the hub of the ship as it contains the main bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments. Weighing 680 tonnes, this is the first block to depart with her final paint colours applied, all windows fitted and consoles installed, along with 43km of cables and 3,101 pipes. It also proudly displays the HMS Queen Elizabeth crest.

Singapore's previous Fearless-class PB: Photo credit Wikipedia CCL

Singapore Navy Patrol Boat Order for ST Engineering

Singapore Technologies Engineering wins Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) contract for the design & build of eight new vessels. The Group’s marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) will build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard. Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), the Group’s electronics arm, will supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions. ST Marine will carry out the platform system integration as the lead system integrator.

The Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine enclosure, shrink wrapped for protection, arrives alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth, prior to installation at Babcock’s Rosyth yard in Scotland.

Rolls-Royce Installs 36MW Gas Turbine

Rolls-Royce installed the first MT30 gas turbine into the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. The MT30, at 36 MW (around 50,000 hp), is reported by the company to be the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine. Two MT30s will be installed in each ship and will provide two thirds of the 109 MW needed to power the 65,000 ton ships. The MT30s are installed as part of a Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) which also includes an alternator and gas turbine enclosure, weighing a total of 120 tonnes.

HMS Ambush: Photo credit MOD

BAE Get £1.2 billion UK Submarine Contract

The Ministry of Defence awards the contract for 'Audacious', the latest Astute Class attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy. Audacious is the fourth of 7 Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically-advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and offer a step-change in capability. The contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and represents a significant step forward in the Astute submarine programme.

Aircraft Carrier Lower Block 04: Photo credit BAE Systems

BAE Roll Out Giant UK Aircraft Carrier Module

In Glasgow, Scotland, workers moved out the biggest section of 'HMS Queen Elizabeth', the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. A team of 40 moved the 11,300 tonne aft section, known as Lower Block 04, across the specially reinforced tarmac at the yard in less than three hours using 450 remote controlled transporters. “Today marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements in successfully loading out the aft section on time and built to an exceptional standard.

'Duncan' Leaves the Clyde: Photo credit MOD

New British Warship Sails For Trials

'Duncan', the RN's sixth new Type 45 destroyer, puts to sea for trials attended by Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence & BAE Systems personnel. The yet to be commissioned Duncan quickly set about testing her speed and manoeuvrability, soon after leaving the BAE Systems' Scotstoun, Glasgow, shipyard. The trials will see the 7,500-tonne destroyer taken to over 30 knots (56km/h) and turning very tight figures-of-eight. She will spend four weeks at sea trialling her power and propulsion systems as well as her weapons systems.

Patrol Boat 'Skrunda': Photo credit Abeking & Rasmussen

Latvia Navy Accepts Locally-built Patrol Boat

Patrol boat 'Viesite', built in the country's Riga Shipyard, has been accepted by Latvia's Ministry of Defence. The building of patrol ship Viesīte was started June 17th, 2009 and it is third of five new SWATH type patrol ships built for the Latvian Navy, this vessel having been completely built in JSC “Rīgas kuģu būvētava”. Other patrol boats in the newbuilding project were in attendance including Skrunda and Cēsis, as well as headquarters and procurement ship Varonis. These twin-hull patrol ships can be used for military purposes as well as for civilian ones.

Warship T26 GCS: Image credit MOD

Warship Design Unveiled for UK's Next Generation GCS

The latest design of the Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS), the next generation of warships, has been unveiled. The Ministry of Defence has released images showing the basic specification of the T26 GCS, which is a significant milestone in the development of this programme. The creation of the vessel will sustain thousands of jobs in the shipbuilding industry. The multi-mission warship, which is due to come into service after 2020, will be used by the Royal Navy in combat and counter-piracy operations, and to support humanitarian and disaster relief work around the world.