This £3.6 million, three year contract with Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, Bristol, will see us deliver casings for the Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 gas turbine engines, which will power the new vessels. They are also to be incorporated in the US Navy’s LCS combat ships.
Building on existing experience, gained through work with Rolls-Royce’s Aerospace business, the contract highlights our capabilities to service the IGT (Industrial Gas Turbine) market, opening up new and exciting opportunities in another engineering sector.
The Queen Elizabeth class comprises two aircraft carriers, currently under construction for the Royal Navy. The contract was announced in 2007. The first of these 280 metre long vessels – HMS Queen Elizabeth – has her commission planned for 2017, with initial operating capability expected by 2020. The second, to be named HMS Prince of Wales, is scheduled for launch in 2017 followed by commissioning in 2020 and service thereafter.
The MT30 engines – with our casings – will also be powering the LCS-1 Freedom Class and LCS 5+ Monohull ships that are being produced for the US Navy. There is also the potential for further orders to Rolls-Royce Naval Marine from European Navies opening the possibility of additional work.
Mark Healey, a Business Development Director with Express Engineering, said: “This is a prestigious contract on a landmark defence project. We are delighted to win our first work with Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, following a number of successful projects for the company’s Aerospace business. This highlights our expertise in the in the IGT sector, from which we intend to expand our reach in the future.”