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Royal Navy incorporates experimental ships to test cutting-edge technology — MercoPress

Royal Navy incorporates experimental ships to test cutting-edge technology

Monday, August 1, 2022 – 16:51 UTC

NavyX chose the ship's name after Patrick Blackett, a Nobel laureate who made significant contributions to World War II (Photo: Royal Navy)
NavyX chose the ship’s name after Patrick Blackett, a Nobel laureate who made significant contributions to World War II (Photo: Royal Navy)

An experimental warship that will be used to test cutting-edge technology, including autonomous systems, has been unveiled by the Royal Navy. A unique new testbed vessel – her 42m, 270-ton vessel named after former Royal Navy sailor and Nobel laureate Patrick Brackett – arrived in Portsmouth this week.

She was purchased by NavyX, experts in naval experimentation and innovation, for use as a trial and experimentation platform for new technologies.

The addition of XV (Experimental Vessel) Patrick Blackett will allow NavyX to conduct more trials at sea to enhance fleet operations and ensure Britain remains on the cutting edge of naval warfare. .

XV Patrick Blackett allows NavyX to experiment without having to demand other naval vessels. Many are permanently deployed away from British waters. It also provides the opportunity to work closely with partners in industry and academia.

Dutch company Damen Shipyards has won a contract for a test vessel capable of reaching speeds of 20 knots and modified to support NavyX operations. On board she has a crew of five Royal Navy personnel.

She features a “plug and play” element that supports the Navy’s new PODS (Persistently Operationally Deployed Systems) concept. This means it can be adapted to the specific tests and experiments you are conducting, such as testing drones, autonomous ships, or AI decision-making. .

In the future, XV Patrick Blackett may participate in Royal Navy and NATO exercises and be upgraded with automation technology.

Captain Tom Ryall, Chief of NavyX, called the ship’s arrival a “pivotal moment” for NavyX’s ability to provide production for the Royal Navy.

“She gives us the flexibility to experiment with new military capabilities and accelerate new technologies, kits and concepts to the forefront,” Lyall said.

Navy X named the ship XV Patrick Brackett in honor of the British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1948. Operational Research Development – ​​Appointed first Director of Operational Research for the Admiralty.

First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Ben Key, joins Patrick Brackett’s granddaughter, distinguished guests, friends and family, named XV Patrick Brackett.

In the future, XV Patrick Blackett may participate in Royal Navy and NATO exercises and be upgraded with automation technology.

Captain Tom Ryall, Chief of NavyX, called the ship’s arrival a “pivotal moment” for NavyX’s ability to provide production for the Royal Navy.

“She gives us the flexibility to experiment with new military capabilities and accelerate new technologies, kits and concepts to the forefront,” Lyall said.

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