NEWS: New generators and radars for Royal Navy warships

Type 45

Type 45 (commons.wikimedia)

The Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 45s will need to go in to refit to address an ongoing problem with the vessel’s ability to generate power when at combat stations according to the BBC. The demands of using it’s full range of systems such as in a combat scenario have proven too much for the electrical generators and current proposals involve upgrading the six ships’ diesel generators to “add greater resilience to the power and the propulsion system”.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told the BBC:

The Type 45 destroyers are hugely capable ships and have consistently made a difference to our safety and security, including HMS Defender’s support to US carrier operations against Daesh in the Gulf. In our defence review last year we committed to improving the Type 45’s power and propulsion system through a series of machinery upgrades during planned maintenance, which will ensure increased availability and resilience over the life of the ships.

HMS St Albans

Type 23 HMS St Albans (royalnavy.mod.uk)

In other news, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems UK have won a £63m contract to supply the Royal Navy with up to 60 new navigation radars. The contract is part of the Royal Navy’s Navigation Radar Program which looks set to improve the fleet’s navigation systems. Among the ships planned to receive the new solid-state SharpEye radar sets are the fleet of Type 23 frigates as well as the Hunt- and Sandown-class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs). The sets will also be fitted to Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, fast patrol boats and some submarines.

Advertisements

NEWS: First crewmembers assigned to HMS Prince of Wales

The first 12 crewmembers of the second of the Royal Navy’s new 65,000ton supercarriers have been assigned to the vessel. HMS Prince of Wales is currently still being assembled at Rosyth dockyard in Fife and is expected to begin her sea trials by the end of 2019. The first supercarrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth which is much closer to completion, currently has a crew of 370 personnel which will double by the time she begins her own sea trials.

Captain Simon Petitt, the senior officer in charge of the carrier project said;

It’s fantastic to see the first members of HMS Prince of Wales arrive. These are two very exciting ships that are being built for the Royal Navy. Prince of Wales is progressing very fast but a ship is nothing without its sailors so the first 12 members arriving today is a very important date for the project, but more so for the Royal Navy.