We ensure the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting their ships and crews around the world
Babcock has supported the UK Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence’s critical assets for decades. As a key partner in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance that delivered the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class Aircraft Carriers, Babcock provided 50 per cent of the detailed design work and block build. Assembly and whole ship integration for both aircraft carriers was delivered at Babcock’s facilities in Rosyth, Scotland. Babcock also designed and delivered the Highly Mechanised Weapons Handling System (HMWHS) for the QE class carriers. In 2021, Babcock is also proud to support the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group global tour.
Babcock continues as the Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) to the UK’s Royal Navy, supporting the supply chain and procurement processes for the QEC aircraft carriers and Type 45 destroyer fleet. Over a 12-month period, MSSP delivered more than 2.8 million items via 800 suppliers across more than 20 contracts.
In the UK, Babcock’s T23 life extension programme is an example of the company’s engineering prowess, undertaking technical analysis to review and mitigate the risks for the customer. We update the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Class Frigates to operate well beyond their original design life expectancy. This includes significant programmes of capability updates such as the replacement of primary weapon systems, major upgrades to marine equipment, changes to address equipment obsolescence and extensive work to extend the life of the hull and superstructures.
In 2019 the company’s Arrowhead 140 was chosen as the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general purpose frigate. It is a proven, capable and adaptable platform tailored for the Royal Navy to ensure that it can evolve in a multi-threat maritime environment. Babcock is assembling these frigates at Rosyth in technology enabled facilities including a new assembly hall and the development of an advanced manufacturing capability. This pathfinder programme, as described by the MOD, is the first of its kind to be delivered under the new National Shipbuilding Strategy.
We support navies around the world through the delivery of complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes
Babcock has rich experience in ship design and build for domestic and global customers such as its platform engineering design for the design and construction phases of the Unites States Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter class vessels with Eastern Shipbuilding Group. Its experience in the through-life programme of naval assets – above and below the water – has enabled Babcock to gain international recognition. With a breadth and depth of experienced and highly-skilled personnel the company has global reach-back to more than 30,000 experts within the company as well as a trusted, worldwide supply chain.
Global support capability includes; deep maintenance and life extension of surface warships, upgrading, overhauling and managing equipment and systems and the management of naval bases in the UK, New Zealand and our Duqm Naval Dockyard joint venture in Oman. The company is also growing its presence in Korea where it supports the ROK Navy from its base in Busan and has signed a MOU with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Korean CVX light aircraft carrier opportunity. Working with the Royal Canadian Navy, Babcock has transferred the skills and expertise required for UK submarine services to provide through-life support and maintenance to Canada’s fleet of Victoria Class submarines.
Recently Babcock signed a tripartite Memorandum of Implementation with the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the UK Government. The two nations will now push forward a major programme of Ukrainian naval projects, with Babcock as their designated prime industrial partner. Closer to the UK, the company was also recently awarded a contract to deliver the installation of a variable speed drive system for the central cooling system on board the Irish Navy’s P60 Samuel Beckett Class.
We deliver marine technology solutions to improve our customers’ complex, safety critical operations
Our team can deliver all aspects of naval vessel design from first principle concepts, through to system integration and capability upgrades of proven and existing vessels, and full ship design – offering expertise across an extensive range of disciplines including naval architecture, marine and electrical engineering, communications and mission systems integration and ship air interfaces.
Babcock is a technology-led business driven by innovation – putting data and digital capabilities at the forefront of delivering innovation and value for our customers – wherever they are in the world, whatever the engineering challenge.
Reflecting the changing world, and embracing a digitally enabled future, Babcock has introduced its innovative iSupport360 approach. iSupport360 provides an integrated digital toolset that enables an asset owner or manager to optimise the performance of physical assets.
Across land, sea and air, our iSupport360 approach helps Babcock deliver the added readiness, performance, efficiency and value that our customers demand.
The use of virtual reality, digital twins and structured data, enables a greater understanding of customers’ complex assets. Through its novel mobile, remote and connected technology, Babcock is providing the maintainer an in-depth understanding of the performance, maintenance and material condition of their assets. This exciting approach has been trialed on a T23 frigate, where sensor technology captured material-state data to ensure target and focused maintenance. Furthermore, immersive virtual reality is already being used in planning and design aspects for some of the company’s critical programmes.