Rolls-Royce to Provide Long-Term Support for UK Royal Navy Fleet Generators

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Rolls-Royce a five-year contract to provide long-term service support for MTU generator sets powering the British Royal Navy fleet.

Under the agreement, the company will service 90 MTU generator sets under Series 183, 396, and 4000 that were installed or are yet to be integrated with the navy’s ships and submarines.

Work for the program will include preventive and corrective maintenance, with an option for two additional years.

Rolls-Royce will also deliver spare parts, vessel support, diagnostics, and commissioning assistance.

MTU 12V 4000 genset on Type 23 vessels.
MTU 12V 4000 genset on Type 23 vessels. Photo: Rolls-Royce

Furthermore, the company will provide design solutions to support the modernization of various components of the vessels if required.

‘Optimum Equipment Availability’

“It is our duty to deliver the optimum level of equipment availability to the Royal Navy to enable our forces to fulfil their important missions at all times,” according to Cdr. Michael Thomson, UK Defence Equipment and Support’s Marine Diesel Equipment Group leader.

“We are delighted to have placed this support contract with Rolls-Royce which will capitalise on the use of data analysis to continually improve availability and support efficiencies for our fleet of MTU engines.”

Throughout the program, Rolls-Royce and the UK Royal Navy will exchange engine data to conduct analysis and provide suggestions for the fleet’s through-life efficiency improvements and cost-effective delivery solutions.

“With our maintenance know-how and growing digital skills we will help the Royal Navy optimize the operation of their vessels, ensuring highest availability at lower costs,” Rolls-Royce Power Systems Vice President Knut Müller said.

“The agreement may also serve as a model for other Rolls-Royce customers who are interested in optimizing the service and maintenance of their fleets powered by MTU engines.”

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