Rolls-Royce delivers motion control equipment for Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier programme

Monday, 19 October 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today delivered the first part of its £96 million contract to supply a range of equipment to the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The first pair of Neptune stabilising fins, designed, manufactured and tested at the Rolls-Royce facility in Dunfermline, Scotland, were transported to the BVT Surface Fleet shipyard in Govan, where they will be incorporated into the hull section currently under construction.

Rolls-Royce Director Programmes - Europe and International, Richard Dingley said: “This delivery is a key milestone in the QE Class programme and marks not only the first delivery of Rolls-Royce equipment, but also the first part of the power and propulsion element.

“We are extremely proud to be involved in the development of these vessels, working alongside our many partners in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to supply mission-critical technology and systems.”

Aircraft Carrier Alliance Programme Director Geoff Searle added: “The delivery of the stabilisers to Govan is a great achievement to add to the list of successes and milestones already reached on the QE Class programme. Right across the country, British industry is showing its commitment to this programme by working together to deliver these fantastic ships for the UK Armed Forces.”

The stabilising fins are retractable and can be extended from their housing in the ship’s hull to stabilise the vessel when sailing through rough seas. Once deployed, stabilisers pivot to counteract the roll of the sea and lift the vessel in a concept similar to that of an aircraft’s wing. Stabilisers perform an essential role in steadying a ship during various operations such as the use of weaponry, refuelling or during the take off and landing of aircraft.

Rolls-Royce is also supplying MT30 gas turbines, the most powerful available in the marine market today, as part of an integrated system which includes the giant carriers’ propellers and propeller shafts as well as rudders, bearings and low-voltage electrical systems. The company is part of a ‘sub-alliance’ team that has overall responsibility for delivery of the entire power and propulsion system. The contract has been awarded by the carrier main alliance partner, Thales UK.

Rolls-Royce is a leading supplier of marine systems. The company supplies 70 navies with products ranging from gas turbines and diesel engines, to propulsion, motion control and electrical systems, and has a growing network of marine service facilities in 34 countries.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a global business providing and supplying integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company has established strong positions in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The Rolls-Royce Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 main customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia, Singapore and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities.
  3. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 8,000 people in 34 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  4. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls-Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilising systems and deck machinery. Around 30 per cent of Marine turnover is derived from service support activity, with a global network of sales and service offices in 34 countries. Rolls-Royce equipment is in service with more than 70 navies.
  5. The Power and Propulsion Sub-Alliance comprises of Thales UK (acting on behalf of the Main Alliance), Rolls Royce, Converteam and L3, and is responsible for the design, procurement, manufacture, integration, test and delivery of the Integrated Electric Propulsion System.
  6. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  7. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two-thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.

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