News story: Multi-million-pound contract to enhance Royal Navy Type 45 fleet resilience

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The Power Improvement Project (PIP) will enhance the resilience of the Type 45 class by installing additional power generation sources in each ship. Delivered as a major conversion project, the PIP will replace the two existing generators with three larger units capable of delivering the ships propulsion.

The contract has been awarded to BAE Systems, in collaboration with BMT Defence services and Cammell Laird. The physical conversion work will be conducted at Cammell Laird’s ship yard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, sustaining more than 100 highly skilled jobs.

The PIP contract covers the design and integration of the technical solution, supply of equipment and physical installation into all six Type 45 destroyers.

The contract forms part of Project Napier which was established in 2014 and builds on the work carried out in the first strand of the project, known as the Equipment Improvement Plan which addresses the reliability of existing equipment.

Director Ships Support at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Neal Lawson said:


This contract demonstrates our ability to collaborate effectively with industry and I am extremely pleased with how the team at DE&S have worked rapidly to meet requirements.

The PIP will ensure the fleet of highly sophisticated Type 45s can continue to be deployed successfully on operations around the globe, protecting the UK’s interests worldwide.

The Power Improvement Project demonstrates how the MOD is delivering on the commitment as outlined in the last Strategic Defence and Security Review, to provide a robust solution to the power and propulsion issues observed in Type 45.

The first of class conversion is expected to complete in 2021, with follow on ships completed during the early 2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the conversion, balanced against the Royal Navy’s standing and future operational commitments.

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... can continue to be deployed successfully ...

Seriously?

The first of class conversion is expected to complete in 2021, with follow on ships completed during the early 2020s.

Even more seriously?

The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the conversion, balanced against the Royal Navy’s standing and future operational commitments.

Cake, icing, cherry. The one lying idle - sorry - used for shore-side training, couldn't be converted first?

What a load of hogwash.
 
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"The first of class conversion is expected to complete in 2021, with follow on ships completed during the early 2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the conversion "
That shouldn't be a problem as they spend most of their time in Portsmouth....
 
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"The first of class conversion is expected to complete in 2021, with follow on ships completed during the early 2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the conversion "
That shouldn't be a problem as they spend most of their time in Portsmouth....
...trigger... ;)
 
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Funnily enough, the French fitted BFO diesels in their version of the T45 and they work tres Bon.
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"The Power Improvement Project demonstrates how the MOD is delivering on the commitment as outlined in the last Strategic Defence and Security Review, to provide a robust solution to the power and propulsion issues observed in Type 45."
"Having obtained delivery of something very expensive but with a propulsion system that is unfit for purpose, denied there was a problem, got found out and then received a good kicking, we want to roundly congratulate ourselves for doing something about it."
 

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Send the bill to Geoff Hoon personally. He caused all this.
 
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Absolutely.

The Franco-Italian Horizons use the utterly reliable LM2500 originally specified for the T45 and cruise on their 4 diesel.
The propulsion problems on the T45’s are 100% an own goal for being a sole adopters of far too clever unproven technology.
 
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"Having obtained delivery of something very expensive but with a propulsion system that is unfit for purpose, denied there was a problem, got found out and then received a good kicking, we want to roundly congratulate ourselves for doing something about it."

Unfair, the propulsion system has absolutely delivered on its promise of using less fuel than other propulsion systems.
While tied up alongside at Pompey for most of their lives, they are the most fuel efficient engines in the universe.
 
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Unfair, the propulsion system has absolutely delivered on its promise of using less fuel than other propulsion systems.
While tied up alongside at Pompey for most of their lives, they are the most fuel efficient engines in the universe.
True. Mate of mine works for a company that once delivered an on spec. on time and on budget oxygen generation plant for a Middle Eastern client.

On commissioning day it produced exactly the required amount and quality. Contract met, trebles all round, many preening emails and PR guff.

Three days later it blew up
 
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Well I guess trying to make a gas turbine behave like a diesel was asking for trouble. WR-21?

However, historically how often have warships (I am thinking of the oil burning steam days) broken down or suffered major fires? Te media do like to make the most of bad news, aided by the "it was better in my day" types.
 
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Well I guess trying to make a gas turbine behave like a diesel was asking for trouble. WR-21?

However, historically how often have warships (I am thinking of the oil burning steam days) broken down or suffered major fires? Te media do like to make the most of bad news, aided by the "it was better in my day" types.
Pretty damn reguarly from what I heard. And they were in for boiler cleans pretty much monthly. Plus they needed 4 times as many people to run them.

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Pretty damn reguarly from what I heard. And they were in for boiler cleans pretty much monthly. Plus they needed 4 times as many people to run them.

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Ah but in the old days........ a pair of 40mm Bofors and an ASW Mortar...... Blah blah blah.
 

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