The UK Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted with the first Rolls-Royce marine gas turbine, MT30, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.
Rolls-Royce Marine president Tony Wood said the installation of the first MT30 engine marked a significant milestone in the Queen Elizabeth-class construction programme.
Each of the two Queen Elizabeth-class frigates, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, will be equipped with two 36MW MT30s to provide power equal to two thirds of the 109MW.
Designed to provide cost-effective propulsion, the compact, lightweight MT30 is a twin-spool, engine based on the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 aero engine technology.
Currently undergoing construction at shipyards around the country, the two aircraft carriers are scheduled to enter service in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
(For full article please see: http://www.naval-technology.com)
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Babcock is undertaking a programme of work to the Royal Navy’s largest ship, HMS Ocean, to prepare the amphibious assault ship for her military support role to the London Olympics. HMS Ocean will be moored at Greenwich and will act as a maritime hub in support of police-led maritime security operations during the Olympic Games. The 21,500 tonne warship can house 1,100 people, and will operate a number of Royal Navy and Army helicopters.
Part of the work being undertaken by Babcock to prepare Ocean for her London role is the installation of a ‘London berthing arrangement’ to allow the ship to berth in the Thames and accept the ‘London Brow’ (a large pontoon moored alongside the ship with gangways providing access to the ship). This includes installing pontoon mooring eye plates and access platforms in the landing craft bays.
Other work being undertaken includes upgrades to fuel stowages, improvements to flight deck communication to support flying operations, an extensive habitability package (including installation of over 2,000 items) to accommodate additional personnel during the Olympics, a galley and laundry package, painting of the weatherdecks and superstructure, and maintenance to critical systems including aircraft lifts and the chilled water and salt water systems.
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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) engineers are weaponizing the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for an urgent request from the U.S. This is the first time the Navy has armed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Weapons planned for the Fire Scout include a laser-guided rocket, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).
Personnel from NAVAIR’s structures rotary-wing division worked with the Fire Scout engineers to run tests on the unmanned helicopter’s new hardware, which will measure how the new system performs in a shipboard environment.
Navy officials saw arming this aircraft as an urgent need, “so we are pressing forward as hard as we can to get it out there,” says Jeremy Moore, the Fire Scout weapons system integration lead.
The weaponization was fast, taking place in a little over 18 months, when it usually takes at least two to three years for such a process, Moore says. A guided rocket gives the Fire Scout the ability to engage hostile threats independent of air support from shore or carrier-based aircraft.
Flight and ground tests will be conducted later this year.
(For further details please view: http://mil-embedded.com)
The submersible warship will be equipped with conventional weapons and powered with nuclear technology through a transfer of technology agreement signed with France.
Brazilian Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said that it was essential that the Brazilian Navy has a high dissuasion capacity to effectively patrol 8,000km of coastline.
The agreement signed with France also includes the construction of four other conventional submarines worth around $9bn, the minister said.
(See article: http://www.naval-technology.com)
The submarine sailed from Toulon in France on 11 July, underwent 32 days of submersion, 12 days of surfacing and ten days of docking at ports and will arrive at the Sepanggar Bay naval base on 17 September 2009.
The first Scorpene Class submarine with 32 crew members has joined the service of RMN and will be fully operational following a one-month trial in tropical waters.
The submersible warship was jointly built by French shipbuilder DCNS and its Spanish partner Navantia.
(See article: http://www.naval-technology.com)