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QinetiQ assists UK MoD’s ongoing submarine safety programme

5 November 2012

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been receiving continuous naval architecture services support from QinetiQ for its ongoing submarine safety programme on through the In-Service Submarines Team.

The submarine safety enhancement assistance started in 2010, following the grounding of HMS Astute. It offers QinetiQ Paramarine advanced marine design software and through-life submarines support services.

"The attention to detail and input into the project by QinetiQ's submarine experts has added significant value to us."

As part of the project, QinetiQ was required to develop a decision support tool that will provide quick analysis information of the submarine's state, enabling the response team to fairly deal with the condition.

The support tool was designed to also consider conditions such as the state of the sea bed and tides, as well as assisting in establishing a grounded submarine's condition.

UK MoD In-Service Submarines naval architect and engineering system owner Linda Eadie said: "The attention to detail and input into the project by QinetiQ's submarine experts has added significant value to us.

"The grounding information they delivered more than met our expectations in terms of its content, layout, presentation and overall quality of information to ensure that all levels of staff can use it in an emergency situation."

Part of the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) MoD agency, the In-Service Submarines Team is responsible for all Royal Navy in-service submarines, including Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute classes, and also supports the introduction of new submarines into service.

QinetiQ also supports other navies across the globe including the Canadian, Norwegian, Italian, and Dutch Navies and submarine constructors such DCNS, Fincantieri, Navantia and BAE Systems.