Thinking aloud: Adaptable Strike Frigate sells ‘system of systems' vision for Type 32
20 July 2022
by Richard Scott
The Adaptable Strike Frigate has been guided by the headmarks of open architecture, modularity, automation, and reduced crewing expected to underpin Type 32. (BAE Systems)
As the UK Royal Navy (RN) continues to mature the concept of operations and associated requirements for its projected Type 32 frigate, industry is already beginning to contemplate how it might address evolving user needs for an adaptable, modular, and sustainable expeditionary platform operating in support of the Future Commando Force (FCF).
Update: UK's first future subsea surveillance ship arrives in Merseyside for conversion
06 February 2023
by Kate Tringham & Richard Scott
The UK's newly acquired future Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance ship sails into Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, Liverpool, on 19 January. (Royal Navy)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased a second-hand commercial offshore patrol vessel from P&O Maritime Logistics' subsidiary Topaz Energy and Marinefor conversion into a specialist ship dedicated to protecting the country's critical subsea infrastructure.
The vessel, which is currently named MV Topaz Tangaroa, arrived at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, for refitting on 19 January.
Topaz Tangaroa will be converted into the first of two planned
US Navy cannibalises more ships to make up for part shortfalls
03 February 2023
by Michael Fabey
Aircraft carrier combat-system part shortfalls are
forcing the US Navy to cannibalise parts from other Nimitz-class ships
The US Navy (USN) is cannibalising ships more often than in previous years to make up for part shortfalls and meet operational commitments, according to a recent report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).
“With the exception of fiscal year (FY) 2017, the average number of cannibalisations per ship increased every year from 2015 to 2021,” the GAO said in its report