New Tech Allows UK Frigates to Deploy Inflatable Boats in Heavy Seas

29 April 2010 (Last Updated April 29th, 2010 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy has received the final 3.5Te SWL C-type davit, which enables the Type 22 and Type 23 frigates to deploy four different military rigid inflatable boat (RIB) variants including the latest Pacific 24 in heavy seas up to sea state 7. The C-type davit safely launches and reco

The UK Royal Navy has received the final 3.5Te SWL C-type davit, which enables the Type 22 and Type 23 frigates to deploy four different military rigid inflatable boat (RIB) variants including the latest Pacific 24 in heavy seas up to sea state 7.

The C-type davit safely launches and recovers RIBs by using heave compensation technology while the navy vessels are operating at up to 20° of heel and 10° trim.

The davit is the last of the 34 davits on order, which are manufactured by PJ Engineering Products in Tyne and Wear.

A total of 28 davits have already been installed on operational warships and the company will install the remaining six on three warships duuring 2010.

The three warships are Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll, and Type 22 frigates HMS Cornwall and HMS Campbeltown.