One of the Rolls-Royce designs includes a replenishment ship for refueling and supplying naval fleets. The design is based on the Rolls-Royce Environship concept, featuring a wave piercing bow and hybrid electric propulsion system which increases operation efficiency while reducing fuel consumption. Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, says it has formed a new team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs in order to meet the growing trend of commercial marine technology crossing over into the naval market.

Rolls-Royce says the new team will develop vessels for customers such as navies, coast guards and other maritime agencies. New designs, which include variants of the Environship merchant ship concept, will leverage innovative and cost effective technologies from commercial Rolls-Royce ship designs and products, adapted and integrated for the specific requirements of naval operations.

“There has been a growing trend for commercial marine technology to cross over into the naval market, delivering cost reduction and proven capability,” said Garry Mills who is Chief of Naval Ship Design for Rolls-Royce. “Governmental customers are looking for cost effective and innovative ships and with Rolls-Royce already hugely experienced in ship design, coupled to the world’s largest marine product portfolio, we can offer integrated ‘whole ship’ solutions suited to the demanding roles of the world’s navies.”

Rolls-Royce says the design team will focus on offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), survey ships and support vessels, rather than combatant ships such as frigates and destroyers.

Rolls-Royce has been in the ship design business for nearly 40 years, designing over 800 vessels which are used mainly in the commercial sector.

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