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Ship Design, Propulsion Systems and Support Solutions

At Rolls-Royce we work closely with our customers to develop innovative, value-adding solutions that will fully meet future requirements.

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At Rolls-Royce we work closely with our customers to develop innovative, value-adding solutions that will fully meet future requirements.

Our capability in ship design was recently broadened with the setting up of a naval design team. This team will leverage innovation and technologies from our fuel efficient commercial and offshore vessel designs, with products adapted and integrated for specific naval requirements.

A number of the world’s coastguards already use Rolls-Royce-designed vessels for EEZ duties, and more than 70 navies around the world use our power systems and equipment.

Marine gas turbines

The MT30 marine gas turbine is the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine. It incorporates the latest gas turbine technology to deliver efficiency with reliability.

Naval ship design portfolio includes a family of replenishment ships available in the 10,000 to 28,000dwt range. These feature an award winning wave piercing bow and hybrid propulsion for highly efficient operation.
The fast attack craft design is built around advanced propulsion capabilities, including Kamewa waterjets, MTU high-speed diesels and the power-dense MT7 gas turbine. The compact propulsion package allows a small superstructure and very low radar cross section.
Already generating interest, the 55m maritime patrol vessel is designed for high efficiency at cruise and high speeds (22+ knots) for optimum full efficiency and good sea-keeping. A 90m offshore patrol vessel will be available by the end of 2013, including aviation facilities and boat launch/recovery ramp, and a 75m craft in 2014.
New ship designs include a replenishment ship available in the 9,000dwt to 25,000dwt range. It features a wave piercing bow and hybrid propulsion.
The MT30 is designed for 21st century vessels and provides maximum maintenance flexibility with minimum shipboard resources.
Azipull pulling azimuth thrusters are ideal for higher speed vessels. These have been selected to propel the Turkish Navy’s new 90m submarine rescue mother ship.
The Rolls-Royce waterjets are available for powers from 200kW to over 30MW. Four stainless steel units power the US Navy’s monohull littoral combat ships (Image courtesy of US Navy).
Astute Class powered by Rolls-Royce PWR2 with long-life core.

Derived from the Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine family, with mroe than 50 million service hours, the MT30 has been selected to power four of the 21st century’s latest naval platforms. It can deliver its full power of 36MW in ambient temperatures up to 38°C.

2008 marked the MT30’s entry into service, powering the US Navy’s first littoral combat ship USS Freedom. The engine has been ordered to power another ten of the class and selected to power the latest FFX frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy. MT30 alternator packages will power the UK Royal Navy’s new QE class aircraft carriers and the US Navy’s DDG 1,000 multi-mission destroyers. Rolls-Royce has recently been awarded a contract to design the gas turbine system for the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 Global Combat Ship, which will, subject to contract, feature the MT30.

Gas turbines and diesel engines

For smaller high-speed craft the MT7 marine gas turbine delivers powers from 4MW to 5MW, and is derived from the AE 1107 engine that powers the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. It has recently been selected to power the US Navy’s new ship-to-shore connector (SSC) hovercraft.

Since March 2013, MTU has been owned by a joint venture company set up by Rolls-Royce and Daimler to form a formidable power and propulsion solution company. The combination of MTU and Bergen engines greatly enhances the existing Rolls-Royce range of propulsion equipment. With a new portfolio of medium and high-speed engines, customers are provided with innovative high quality, cost-efficient marine systems.

Rolls-Royce and MTU have been selected to design the propulsion system for the British Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigate program. These vessels will feature a combined diesel-electric or gas-turbine propulsion configuration comprising four MTU 20V 4000 M53B diesel gensets with a single Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine. The diesels provide power for on-board systems and cruise mode, while the gas turbine is switched in for high speeds.

Propellers and thrusters

Rolls-Royce is a world leader in propeller and propulsor technology. The Kamewa® and Bird-Johnson controllable and fixed pitch propeller designs are normally custom-designed for each naval application, with testing conducted in-house at our Hydrodynamic Research Centre in Sweden.

A fixed pitch unit, the Kamewa adjustable bolted propeller (ABP) propels the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and will be fitted to the QE class carriers. Blades can be adjusted or replaced using hand tools. Azipull azimuth thrusters are suited for higher speed vessels requiring high manoeuvrability with dynamic positioning. Our other products include azimuth thrusters, retractable thrusters, podded propulsors and lightweight submarine propulsors.


Our Kamewa waterjet range is the broadest in the business with installations in more than 20 different naval classes, plus a variety of fast patrol craft and RIBs. New levels of stealth have been achieved with the naval design that powers the Visby class corvettes. Mixed and axial flow models are available in aluminium and stainless steel for powers from 200kW to more than 30MW.

Submarine nuclear propulsion

Rolls-Royce is a world-leader in nuclear submarine systems and support services incorporating design, procurement and operation. We are the technical authority for the UK Nuclear Steam Raising Plant (NSRP), which is responsible for powering the whole of the UK’s Royal Navy submarine fleet.

Our role covers all major activities – design, project management, procurement and safety assessment. Worldwide submarine operational support is provided from Derby and through support staff at naval bases throughout the UK.

Themistocles-Class Corvette, Greece

The Themistocles is a new class of next-generation corvettes proposed for the Hellenic Navy. It is being jointly developed by Israel Shipyards and shipbuilding company ONEX Neorion Shipyards.

Type 23 Duke Class Frigate

Type 23 Duke class frigates are multi-role warships built by Swan Hunter and BAE Systems for the UK’s Royal Navy.

Visby Class Corvettes

The Visby Class of stealth corvettes were built for the Swedish Navy by the Swedish company Kockums (a subsidiary of Thy

Sa’ar 6 Class Corvettes

The Sa’ar 6-class of corvettes includes a series of four new warships being built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the Israeli Navy.

Queen Elizabeth Class (CVF)

UK CVF Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, are the largest warships ever constructed in the country.

SSN Astute Class Nuclear Submarine

The Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarine is a nuclear-powered attack submarine, which will replace the five Swiftsure Class submarines, launched between 1973 and 1977 and approaching the end of their operational life.

MEKO A Class Combat Ship Family

The MEKO A combat ships, designed by Blohm and Voss, evolved from the MEKO family of ships, which have been in operation with navies around the world since the 1980s.

Hunter Class Frigates

Hunter-class frigates are a new class of multi-mission frigates being developed by BAE Systems Australia for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the Hunter class frigate programme, which is the country’s biggest surface ship project till date.

Luyang-III Class / Type 052D Destroyers

The Luyang-III-class, Type 052D, guided-missile destroyers are built by Changxingdao-Jiangnan Shipyard (JNCX) and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

KM Bagan Datuk Class Patrol Craft

The KM Bagan Datuk-class is a fleet of new generation patrol craft that Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering is building for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

UNPAV High-Speed Multi-purpose Patrol Vessels

UNPAV (Unità Navale Polivalente Alta Velocità) is a class of two high-speed multipurpose patrol vessels designed and being built by Intermarine for the Italian Navy’s Special Forces unit GOI.

Al-Ofouq Class Patrol Vessels

The Al-Ofouq class patrol vessels were procured by the Royal Navy of Oman from Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) to replace the Seeb class patrol vessels.

Project 21980 Class Counter-Sabotage Boats

Designed by JSC Vympel Design Bureau, the Project 21980 class counter-sabotage vessels are intended for the protection of naval bases, ports and aquatic areas of the Russian Federation.

Project 21180 Class Icebreakers

A series of four Project 21180 multi-purpose vessels are built by JSC Admiralty Shipyards for the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy.

Project 21820 Landing Craft

The Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy commissioned a series of three Project 21820-class landing craft for delivery by July 2015.

Combattante BR71 MKII Corvette

The Combattante BR71 Mk II vessel is an advanced variant of the Baynunah class (BR 71 design) corvette developed by CMN, a part of Privinvest Shipbuilding Group.

SSBN Vanguard Class

The Vanguard submarines were built by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited (now BAE Systems Marine) at Barrow-in

Qahir Class

In 1996 Oman took delivery of two 83m corvettes, Qahir Al Amwaj and Al Mua'zzar, built by Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Ltd of

Anzac Class Frigate

In November 1989, the Australian / New Zealand frigate building project contracted Australian shipbuilders Tenix Defence

Lekiu Class Frigates

The Kapal DiRaja Lekiu and Kapal DiRaja Jebat frigates were commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Navy in March and May 1999.

Thetis Class

Four Thetis class frigates for the Royal Danish Navy have been built by the Svendborg Shipyard with headquarters on the

Sandown Class

Seven Sandown Class ships have been built to the batch 2 design. Design changes include accommodation for female officer

F122 Bremen Class Frigate

The German Navy has eight Bremen Class frigates designed and built by Bremer Vulkan in the 1980s. The ship's primary rol

Fearless Class

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), part of Singapore Technologies Engineering, built 12 Fearless Class patro

RFA Fort Victoria Class

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria (A387) was built by Harland and Wolff and sister ship RFA Fort George (A388) w

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