Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin
Melbourne-based BMT Design & Technology (BMT),a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed a study for the Commonwealth of Australia, to examine a range of options for the Life of Type Extension (LOTE) of a wide range of Defence Maritime Platforms. This included the entire surface fleet of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), through to the LCM (Landing Craft Mechanised) and LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo) vehicles of Army Marine.
Undertaking the study in two stages over the course of 12 months, BMT developed a risk-based approach to assess the viability of LOTE for 11 classes of ship. Unlike the approach taken by others, BMT recognised the importance of ensuring the study was not limited solely to material/condition surveys and incorporated the Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FIC). This allowed the full costof operating the fleet within the various LOTE scenarios to be identified.
As well as identifying the costing options, the study provided an understanding of any impact on achieving availability targets while satisfying safety, environmental and technical risk imperatives.
Peter Sanders, Principal Consultant at BMT Design & Technology comments: “Our intimate understanding of the defence engineering environment provided the customer with the confidence that we could deliver a comprehensive study which met their requirements. We were also able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise from our sister companies, BMT Isis and BMT Defence Services, both of which have extensive experience of working in the defence sector.”
Posted on 15 July 2013 by admin
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Fleet Commander Rear-Admiral (RADM) Timothy Lo and the United States Navy (USN) Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific RADM Thomas F. Carney officiated at the opening ceremony of the 19th Singapore-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise at Changi Naval Base.
In his opening address, RADM Lo highlighted that Exercise CARAT has come a long way since its inception and noted the commitment of both navies to push the boundaries of exercise scope and complexity. RADM Lo also recognised the tremendous professional value the exercise has provided to the RSN and the USN and noted its importance in bilateral relations. “CARAT Singapore is a vital component of the growing range of RSN-USN interactions and continues to play a part in enhancing defence relations between both countries,” said RADM Lo.
Exercise CARAT 2013, which will be conducted from 15 to 26 July 2013 in the South China Sea, will focus on sharpening conventional maritime warfare capabilities such as anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities, as well as maritime air operations. The RSN, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), USN and the United States Marine Corps are participating in this year’s exercise, which will involve a total of 1400 personnel from both countries, five ships, a submarine, a naval helicopter and seven aircraft from the RSN and RSAF as well as three ships, a submarine, a naval helicopter and an aircraft from the USN. Exercise CARAT 2013 will also see the inaugural participation of the RSN Archer-class submarine RSS Archer and the USN Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom.
Conducted since 1995, this series of annual bilateral maritime exercises aims to enhance interoperability and professional cooperation between the participating forces of Singapore and the US.
Posted on 29 October 2012 by admin
The UK Ministry of announced that it has awarded BAE Systems a further £315M for ongoing design work for the replacement to the Royal Navy’s Vanguard class submarines.
The announcement followed the one made in May this year, when it revealed it had placed an initial £328M design phase contract with BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.
The Vanguard class, which carries the UK’s nuclear deterrent, will be replaced from 2028. BAE Systems already has more than 1,000 employees working on the replacement programme, the majority of which are focused on developing the new submarine’s complex design.
BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines Managing Director John Hudson said: “The design of a nuclear-powered submarine is one of the most complex and technically demanding engineering programmes undertaken by the maritime industry. This further work underlines the MoD’s confidence in our ability to deliver a design that will meet the future needs of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.