in Defence

HMS Prince of Wales sailors take over carrier's control centre

Posted 19 June 2018 · Add Comment

The heart of HMS Prince of Wales is now in the hands of the men and women who will watch over it as the second of the UK’s new carriers takes a big step towards completion.


Courtesy Royal Navy

The Ship’s Control Centre has been formally handed over to the crew to maintain and run by engineers and technicians from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance who’ve built and fitted out the ship.

They gave the ship’s company the keys to the compartment 18 months ahead of when the ship is formally handed over to the Royal Navy.

“If the bridge of a ship is considered its eyes, and the operations room its brain, there is no doubt that the Ship’s Control Centre is the beating heart,” said Cdr Pete Buckenham, Commander Marine Engineering.

All the carrier’s machinery – from propulsion to sewage and water works – are controlled from the SCC, with a team of engineers watching over the displays and read-outs 24 hours a day, every day, until the warship decommissions in 50 years’ time.

Also, in time of war, the SCC becomes the headquarters for the ‘internal battle’ – it’s where all information from around the ship about damage sustained – fires, floods, breakdowns and casualties – are reported and the damage control officer determines where to send repair teams, firefighters and first aid parties with the goal of keeping the ship in the fight.

“Compartments are normally handed over after sea trials, so to achieve this at such an early stage, to the high quality and specification required by the Royal Navy, is a very significant milestone for the team,” explained Sterry Matthews, ACA production manager.

Cdr Buckenham added: “Taking ownership of the SCC this early in the build programme is a significant achievement and testament to the collaborative and integrated approach between industry and the Royal Navy.

“Having the ability to operate from the SCC enables us to support industry through commissioning and trials activity and to learn our ship, systems and equipment in preparation for sea trials and future operations."

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powering A330neo on Farnborough debut

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines will power the first visit to the Farnborough international Airshow (FIA) of Airbus’s latest aircraft, the A330neo.

Bird & Bird team write UK chapter of Defence & Security Procurement

Bird & Bird's Defence & Security team have written the 2018 UK chapter for 'Defence & Security Procurement: Getting the deal through'.

Redscan accessible via G-Cloud 10

Penetration testing, threat detection and response specialist, has announced the availability of its services on G-Cloud 10 (launched this month), which is the latest iteration of the Government procurement platform for

Southend rated most accessible airport

London Southend Airport has today been rated the most accessible airport in London and the South East by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Airbus delivers first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration to Turkish Airlines

urkish Airlines took delivery of the first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration at the Airbus Facilities in Hamburg, Germany.

London City welcomes first visit from Embraer's E190-E2

This morning an Embraer E190-E2 aircraft landed for the first time at London City Airport.

Air & Ground SK1704230718
See us at
FIL18 BT111017220718DVD18BT3105200918Aviation Africa 2019AdvancedEngin BT1406011118SMIFAVSBT151118SMI GMSCBT3005081118