Royal Navy selects Rolls-Royce to supply RAS system

Global power systems company Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) system to the Royal Navy.

It will enable heavier-than-ever loads to be transferred between moving ships, more than doubling the amount of vital supplies which can be moved per transfer.

Rolls-Royce has already completed the detailed design phase of the project and this latest contract, worth £25m, includes the construction of a land-based demonstrator to trial the new equipment.

The demonstrator will be built at the Royal Navy’s primary training facility at HMS Raleigh, near Plymouth, and used to train operators of all Royal Navy surface ships in a realistic operating environment.