Dirty water drinkable on Royal Navy’s new ships

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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THE Royal Navy’s new £1bn Type 45 destroyers are to be fitted with generators to make seawater drinkable.

A contract has been awarded to Pall Corporation to retrofit its Integrated Membrane System (IMS) to the six Portsmouth-based warships which were built by BAE Systems.

It comes after sea trials demonstrated that the system works efficiently – even with the high contamination levels found in some coastal waters.

The self-cleaning generator is said to reduce maintenance tasks and has lower running costs compared to conventional water treatment systems.

Tom Quaye, of BAE’s Type 45 programme, said: ‘The Type 45 is the largest and most powerful air defence destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy.

‘It is a versatile platform capable of contributing to worldwide maritime and joint operations in multi-threat environments.

‘It is essential that these ships can produce fresh water wherever they are operating and we were very pleased with the performance of Pall’s IMS for delivering fresh water supplies.’