BAE Systems, CSD Duct Seals And The UK Royal Navy

BAE Systems, CSD Duct Seals And The UK Royal Navy

Client: BAE
Location: Glasgow, Portsmouth & Barrow in Furness
Date: 1999 - Ongoing

CSD Duct Seals Project

BAE Systems supply over 90% of the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines, with global divisions to assist customers in over 100 countries. CSD’s thriving relationship with BAE and it’s successful historical involvement with Royal Navy programs, has seen it’s involvement in numerous UK based and international projects with their marlet leading CSD Rise Duct Seal Kits.

Since 1999 CSD Rise Duct Seal Sealing Systems have forged a successful relationship with BAE, working on all of their new build vessel projects including the LPD, AO and Astute Class submarines at their Barrow site and the Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers being built in Glasgow and Portsmouth.

During 2005 a team of BAE Engineers in Barrow were awarded the Silver Chairman’s Award for Innovation and Implementation in recognition for the work they had done introducing CSD Rise Duct Seals to the LPD project. The CSD Rise system was used to reduce the number of man hours required for manufacturing, installing and testing pipe systems to help lower the overall cost of the project.

Following the success on the LPD project and a full technical review CSD’s Rise and CSD Sealing Plugs were selected by BAE to be used across in total, six Type 45 ships being built in Glasgow with the products being used on all cable pipe and cable transits. The Type 45’s are some of the most powerful destroyers ever built for the Royal Navy, they can sail over 600 miles a day and operate around the globe.

Work has also been carried out with BAE on the Astute program where hunter-killer submarines are being produced in order to replace existing Swiftsure and Trafalgar class boats.

Traditionally, UK submarines have followed the principle that performance should be optimised by designing the smallest submarine possible with little regard to cost. However, with the advancement in modular construction and the cost benefits that this brings, the design philosophy has changed. Astute will reap the benefits that modular construction can bring, allowing size, speed and cost to be optimised. As a result, the Astute Class design will be significantly larger than the Swiftsure Class they replace.

CSD are now working closely with BAE on the new QEC Aircraft Carrier construction at their Govan and Portsmouth facilities. The (QEC) Carriers are the largest warships of any class ever to be built in the UK. The first aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth, is due to enter service in 2020 and at 65,000 tonnes will be three times the size of the UK's current carriers. BAE's ambitious program needed to improve efficiency and provide best value for money with today's economic climate and tightened defence budgets. CSD gladly stepped up to the mark and with a successful historical relationship with Royal Navy projects we are looking forward to building upon this.

CSD is continuing to work closely with the project installation teams to ensure they are fully trained and we are working hard to ensure cost reduction throughout the program helping the installers to use the most efficent methods for sealing the penetrations - T&D UK carry extensive stocks of CSD Rise Duct Seal Kits and Systems.

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