SEA to Provide Combat Systems Support for UK Royal Navy Ships

Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) has received a five-year contract to provide in-service support for the “communication backbone” of UK Royal Navy ships.

Combat System Highway (CSH) is an onboard communication system enabling ship operators to determine and sustain a vessel’s combat mission availability.

Its high-speed and reliable connectivity supports fitted vehicles to relay information between command and control, sensors, and weapon systems, creating an integrated combat system.

Under the contract, SEA will deliver different CSH-related in-service works for both Royal Navy ships and shore-based facilities.

Work includes technical refresh, performance monitoring, and obsolescence reporting.

Vessels covered are the RFA Royal Victoria Auxiliary Oiler Replacement ship, landing platform dock ships, and the Type 23 frigates.

Securing Combat System Highway’s Operability

The company has been providing in-service support for the CSH throughout the life and iterations of the platform since its launch in the 1980s.

RFA Fort Victoria Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship
RFA Fort Victoria Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship. Photo: UK Royal Navy

“Ensuring the availability of equipment is a crucial aspect of the Royal Navy’s operational effectiveness,” SEA Maritime Support & Services Head Kerry Parfitt stated.

“Our skilled team have the extensive technical knowledge and skills to carry out the works required.”

“Our in-service support team has a history of working closely with the Royal Navy to support their systems and responding to emerging demands. We’re proud of our role in supporting the Royal Navy in being mission-ready and able to respond to threats.”

SEA’s Latest Royal Navy Projects

SEA is engaged with the Royal Navy in other ongoing support projects.

Recently, the company received a 34-million-pound ($42 million) contract to provide similar services for torpedo launchers and associated countermeasures systems equipped in Type 23 frigates.

A separate 25-million-pound ($31.2 million) contract was awarded for the management and upgrade of the navy’s existing sonar equipment.

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