Rolls-Royce wins £25m Royal Navy contract for replenishment-at-sea systems

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been selected to supply a unique replenishment-at-sea (RAS) system to the Royal Navy. It will enable heavier-than-ever loads to be transferred between moving ships, more than doubling the amount of vital supplies which can be moved per transfer.

Rolls-Royce has already completed the detailed design phase of the project and this latest contract, worth £25 million, includes the construction of a land-based demonstrator to trial the new equipment.

Commodore Preston, Head of Afloat Support at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: “We are delighted that the contract for this vital training facility has been signed. This equipment will help train Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary crews in real time operational scenarios in a safe and controlled environment before undertaking it at sea.”

Richard Dingley, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Naval - UK and International said: “Replenishment-at-sea is a vital part of modern naval operations and we are delighted to be pioneering an innovative system that will deliver world-leading capability for the Royal Navy. The operational requirements exceed those of any system currently in use with any navy in the world. The ability to move heavier loads, quickly and safely will be essential for the future of the Fleet.”

The demonstrator will be built at the Royal Navy’s primary training facility at HMS Raleigh, near Plymouth. It will be used to train operators of all Royal Navy surface ships in a realistic operating environment.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were over £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.  

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