Navy Contract Sails to Rolls
Rolls-Royce has won a £137 million long-term service and support contract for gas turbines powering 27 ships in service with the UK Royal Navy, and French, Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies. The company will support Olympus and Tyne gas turbines for the next 12 years, when the ships are due to go out of service. The contract was awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence on behalf of all four countries. Rolls-Royce will take responsibility for ensuring power being available to keep ships at sea rather than entering into individual service and overhaul contracts for each gas turbine.
In December, Rolls-Royce also signed a 20-year contract with the Chilean Navy to provide repair services and technical support for five of its ships, powered by Olympus, Tyne and Spey gas turbines. Rolls-Royce already has long-term support contracts with the UK MoD which cover propulsion support for nuclear submarines, and the operation of the Vulcan naval reactor test establishment at Dounreay, Scotland.