Rolls-Royce Completes Works on Peterborough Facility to Support Canadian Surface Combatant Program

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An expan­sion to the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Naval Handling Equipment in Canada, has recent­ly com­plet­ed.

The 7,500 sq-ft expan­sion of the facil­i­ty based in Peterborough, Ontario will facil­i­tate the assem­bly and test of the inno­v­a­tive Mission Bay Handling System, a key fea­ture of the Global Combat Ship design recent­ly select­ed for UK, Canada and Australia’s advanced anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare frigate pro­grams.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce invit­ed Canadian Government offi­cials to break ground on the centre. The Canadian Federal Government has already select­ed the Global Combat Ship design for the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships.

Bruce Lennie, Rolls-Royce Canada, Vice President, Business Development & Government Affairs said: “The timely com­ple­tion of the expan­sion and the sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment in the infra­struc­ture to sup­port the CSC pro­gram demon­strates our com­mit­ment to devel­op­ing advanced indus­tri­al tech­nolo­gies to ben­e­fit the Canadian econ­o­my and Canada’s Armed Forces.”

Rolls-Royce has already expand­ed its supply chain in Canada to meet the sig­nif­i­cant domes­tic and inter­na­tion­al export oppor­tu­ni­ties cre­at­ed by the Global Combat Ship pro­gram, work­ing close­ly with Irving Shipbuilding, the prime con­trac­tor for the CSC pro­gram, as well as Lockheed Martin Canada and BAE Systems to enable the com­pa­ny to sus­tain sig­nif­i­cant growth of the Canadian econ­o­my well into the future. The invest­ment into the expan­sion of the facil­i­ty is an exam­ple of the National Shipbuilding Strategy deliv­er­ing 100% Canadian Content Value as part of the Industrial and Technological Benefits policy.

Rolls-Royce is a diver­si­fied, high tech­nol­o­gy part­ner with over 70 years of ser­vice in Canada. Today, we employ approx­i­mate­ly 1,000 Canadians across four facil­i­ties in cities includ­ing Montreal, Ottawa and Peterborough. The Centre will har­ness and build upon the wealth of Canadian engi­neer­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal exper­tise we have at Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce’s Mission Bay Handling System (MBHS) is designed for adapt­abil­i­ty and flex­i­bil­i­ty, offer­ing a low-risk solu­tion for tomorrow’s plat­forms. The MBHS has the capa­bil­i­ty to launch and recov­er naval vehi­cles and move con­tainer­ised pack­ages with­out the aid of a dock­side crane. The multi-func­tion­al system can also be easily adapt­ed to sup­port custom oper­a­tional require­ments, such as human­i­tar­i­an mis­sions, by pro­vid­ing the space for med­ical facil­i­ties and aid sup­plies.

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