Defence chiefs agree £5.5m deal to maintain engines of Royal Navy warships

MILITARY chiefs have signed off on a multi-million pound deal to maintain the engines of Royal Navy warships.

British-based marine engineering and propulsion specialist company Royston has been awarded the contract to tend for small diesel engines on the navy’s fleet of amphibious assault ships, mine hunters and other vessels.

The five-year deal, awarded by the Ministry of Defence, will see Royston responsible for providing diesel engine spares and technical support alongside repair and refurbishment of engines when required.

This will include various Caterpillar, Cummins, Perkins and Volvo Penta diesel engines used on Type 23 frigates, single-role mine hunters, Hunt-class minesweepers, Albion-class amphibious ships as well as Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class vessels.

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Defence minister, Jeremy Quin, said: ‘This £5.5m contract will maintain and support the vital small diesel engines of our Royal Navy fleet. The five-year agreement will also secure highly-skilled work in the north-east’s marine industry, highlighting the region’s contribution to UK defence.’

As well as the supply and overhaul of all spare parts, Royston will also have responsibility for the diagnostic, technical support and servicing of engines either onboard vessels or those sent for repair to its workshop facilities in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Sarah Wade, chief executive at Royston, said: ‘This contract reflects the engineering skills, capabilities and expertise that we can provide to customers around the world. We will be working closely with the Royal Navy and RFA, who are investing in their supply chain partners to secure service quality, consistency and improved operational efficiencies.’

The contract was negotiated by the Marine Diesel Group within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the procurement arm of the MOD.

Team leader, Commander Richard McHugh, said: ‘This was an excellent example of DE&S and industry working together to provide a value-for-money support contract for small diesel engines within the Royal Navy fleet.’

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