Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has selected The IP Company to install a Wireless Communication & Messaging System (WCMS) on Den Helder, a Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) combat support ship (CSS).

Under the contract, RNLN will receive a system that is standardised to ensure commonality across the naval fleet of Netherlands.

Previously, The IP Company supplied the WCMS onboard the RNLN’s Holland-class ocean-going patrol vessels and the HNLMS Karel Doorman, its joint support ship.

This ensures that the entire CSS system features the same systems as the other systems that are installed on other vessels.

Furthermore, it guarantees that the new WCMS developments on the Holland-class and HNLMS Karel Doorman will be implemented on the CSS too.

This will also optimise the training, maintenance and other procedures while providing familiarity to the crew.

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The systems provided by The IP Company transmit voice and data, which enables communication between crew members in the operational and administrative domains.

The DSNS said in a statement: “The system is an integrated one, which connects regular desk phones as well as secure wireless handheld devices, all further enhanced with specific functions for naval use, ensuring that information ends up directly at the right people.”

This ensures that the people are mobilised immediately, which enhances the efficiency and improves onboard safety.

The companies will collaborate to provide a highly reliable wireless communication system for the CSS.

The supply of the equipment is expected to commence in 2022.

In July this year, DSNS selected Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) to install communication systems in the Den Helder.