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Jan 31 08 6:38 PM
"Serco Denholm Marine Services Ltd and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem have signed Shipbuilding Contracts for 29 new vessels as part
of a 15 year programme to deliver marine services to the Royal Navy.
These new vessels will operate in a fleet of around 110 vessels operated by Serco Denholm in both port and deepwater operations at
HM Naval Bases Portsmouth, Devonport, Clyde and the Kyle of Lochalsh.
The contract covers an extensive range of services, including:
The majority of the new build vessels will be based on standard Damen designs. The following list of vessels applies to the
contract with Serco Denholm Marine Services Ltd:
Serco Denholm will be supported by the Briggs Group, who will provide navigation buoys and mooring maintenance support. Damen
Shipyards Gorinchem has also been awarded a contract from Briggs for the supply of a 61 meter Buoy Handling Vessel (Damen AHTS 6114) to maintain the
larger Naval Buoys around the UK.
The vessels will be delivered in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The first vessel, a Damen Pushy Cat 1204, has already been delivered to
Portsmouth, just three weeks after contract signature.
For Damen, the contract with Serco Denholm Marine Services Ltd is one of the largest single contracts for workboats in its
history. The combined value of this contract together with the contract with the Briggs Group is €160 million.
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Mikey, no doubt, and I didn't mean to imply it was a replacement. I was just pointing out that it could be used as a cheaper option for land attack
instead of Tomahawks. Also, I think there'd be more chance of fitting a ship with Harpoons than Tomahawks just from a political perspective (as well as
Harpoon is one of a few missiles originally restricted to anti-ship use which have gained a land attack capability, usually with much increased range over
the original version. MM.40 Block 3, RBS.15, Teseo Mk. 2. Worth thinking about which one to buy.
Feb 8 08 4:22 PM
Shipbuilding unveiled its ocean-capable patrol vessel design which was developed to meet the lower tier of the Royal Navy's Future Surface Combatant
(FSC) programme. Under the current plans the programme will consist of three tiers of ships - CI, C2 and C3 - to replace the service's Type 22 and Type
23 frigates, mine countermeasures vessels and survey ships. VT derived the 100-metre design with a displacement of about 3000 tonnes from the ocean patrol
vessel developed for Oman's Project Khareef. With an endurance of 45 days the ship will be capable of reaching a maximum speed of more than 24 knots and
a cruising speed of twelve knots, covering a maximum range of more than 7000 nm. C3 class vessels will be used for a variety of roles including mine
countermeasures, patrol duties and survey work. VT's C3 FSC design incorporates a large crane and a flexible 26-metre-long mission deck aft, equipped
with a stern ramp for payload deployment/recovery. The design also includes a 16-metre-long flight deck able to accommodate helicopters as large as the
RN's EH101 Merlin and a hanger with room enough for a Lynx helicopter. Weapons could include a 76 mm or similar medium- calibre gun forward, a 30 mm gun
or Phalanx close-in weapon system port and starboard as well as .50-calibre heavy machine guns, and surface-to-surface missiles. VT has proposed that the
Ministry of Defence could lease the C3 FCS vessels in the same manner as its does the RN's River Class ocean patrol vessels also built by VT.
Feb 14 08 2:05 PM
Moored alongside at Grand Turk...
Meanwhile, Lyme Bay is headed for Tristan de Cunha:
"Tristan da Cunha is the world's most isolated community, situated 1800 miles west of Cape Town in the South Atlantic and nearly 5,000 miles from
Portland their harbour is the principal method of access to the islanders for people, supplies and trade, its loss would result in some privation and
difficulties for the islanders and may result in a total or partial evacuation to be considered. It has been undermined by the South Atlantic swell and is in
need of temporary repair prior to a major refurbishment due to commence in the summer.
In order to effect that repair RFA Lyme Bay is embarking 150 pallets of cement, a number of construction machines such as bulldozers, stone crushers and
cement mixers and landing craft to move the stores and people ashore."
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11 September 07
A suite of QinetiQ's advanced signal processing algorithms for improved target detection, has been included and trialled in the
(Advanced Radar Target Indication, Situational Awareness and Navigation) ARTISAN 3D medium range radar demonstrator at BAE Systems at
Cowes. This is part of the ongoing joint activities to demonstrate and potentially supply a new Naval Medium Range Radar (NMRR) system
for the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates and aircraft carriers.
The ARTISAN 3D Radar has been developed to address the need for a capable primary naval sensor operating in complex littoral
environments and delivering greater situational awareness. Already the result of a 24-month development programme, it uses latest
technology based on proven technology from SAMPSON and Commander Radars. Optimised for medium to long range air and surface
surveillance and target designation, it has an architecture specifically developed to exploit and embody future developments in radar
QinetiQ used novel techniques in its signal processing to increase the Doppler processed instrumented range, providing greater radar
coverage than would be possible using conventional techniques. Demonstration of these algorithms at Cowes during August 2007, confirmed
the benefits of cutting edge technology from current research programmes and showed more than three times the range coverage of the
existing Doppler processing channel.
Radar performance was further improved by using adaptive clutter filtering techniques to greatly reduce clutter breakthrough enabling
enhanced small target detection. The new algorithms avoid problems in traditional clutter filtering which rely on fixed filters that
are matched to the worst case of expected clutter. The result of using the new processing was to provide the operator a much cleaner
radar picture and enhanced target detection.
"The ARTISAN 3D team was particularly delighted with the minimal effort required to implement the algorithms for the radar and
insert them into the system," explained Andrew Bailey, MD for QinetiQ's Sea business. "The ease of insertion of our
algorithms also demonstrates the benefits of an extensible, flexible software architecture. The algorithms provide a direct benefit to
the ARTISAN 3D radar, building on the teams unique experience, expertise, pedigree and heritage and pulling-through the successes of
the research programme, to deliver world-beating performance. The aim is to maintain this performance via further incremental
capability enhancement opportunities as part of the ARTISAN 3D through life capability management strategy."
The ARTISAN 3D team comprises BAE Systems as the prime system integrator and system design and development authority, QinetiQ as the
radar capability and research partner that brings cutting edge techniques in radar signal processing and depth of understanding in
combat system integration and Roke Manor Research as the subsystem design authority for the electronic protection measures.
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