Set against a backdrop of global change, increased legislation and tighter fiscal boundaries the marine environment is being called upon to constantly deliver more, which is why ‘Total Ship Integration?’ has been chosen as the theme of Engine As A Weapon VI (EAAW VI) the international symposium being held by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at the University of Bath on Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 June 2015.
Speakers from Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA will be addressing a range of topics grouped under three topic headings ‘Total ship integration’; ‘Power and propulsion technology and topology’; and ‘Weapon and combat system design and development’. The full programme, sponsored by GE Marine and BMT Defence Services, is now available on EAAW VI’s new website, www.eaaw.org.uk with the two-day event providing the ideal environment for the global engineering community to come together and discuss maritime challenges through the delivery of technical papers and debate.
Lt Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Senior Engineer, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is EAAW VI’s Symposium Chairman explains: “I am honoured to be chairing my first EAAW – a series of events which have, since 2004, become a well-renowned forum in the naval and combat engineering calendar. This year’s Symposium seeks to review the technological advances in platform and combat system design that have taken place over the last decade and explores the progress towards total ship integration.
“IMarEST’s Technical Advisory Committee’s focus has been to ensure that EAAW continues to develop the level of innovation, technical discussions and informed networking that have become synonymous with this very special event. Indeed, EAAW has always inspired wide-ranging and thought provoking debate, and by using all social media channels via EAAW’s new website, we will be encouraging discussion before, during and after the Symposium as we look forward not just to this year’s event but towards the planning process for EAAW VII in 2017.”
Vice Chairman, EAAW VI Olly Simmonds, Lead Engineer, Naval, GE Marine, takes up the social media channels angle: “I am delighted to be leading and encouraging the technical debate through all our social media channels.
“They provide the ideal medium for debate on a number of issues to be discussed openly at EAAW VI, including ‘Is total ship integration the answer?’; ‘Is ship integration desirable or affordable?’; ‘Is integration the mechanism for delivering improved efficiency?’; and, are integrated high energy weapons realistic? They are certainly some of the challenging threads of discussion which ‘fuse’ us as engineers and I look forward to a thought provoking debate before and during EAAW VI.”
Networking is key
EAAW has long been known for its networking, and this year will be no exception. “We start the night before the Symposium with a Welcome BBQ in the grounds of the University of Bath, ” explains Lt Cdr Hassall. “Then the Symposium Reception at the end of the first day’s deliberations will be aboard the magnificent Penny Lane boat which will journey along the River Avon past the glories of the City of Bath.
Further information on, and registration for, EAAW VI is online at www.eaaw.org.uk, and available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAAW VI Background
The first EAAW Symposium in 2004 was established by IMarEST to bring together and inform the marine and combat systems communities to ensure opportunities would be exploited and challenges overcome.
Since then developments in high energy weapons and marine power system technologies have advanced apace. The Royal Navy has introduced to service the Type 45 class of destroyers with Integrated Full Electric Propulsion whilst the US Navy’s highly innovative DDG-1000, USS Zumwalt, was launched on 28 October 2013 and is expected to be commissioned in 2015.
Ten years on from the first Symposium, the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier represents the largest Integrated Full Electric Propulsion warship ever built in the UK. In addition, Navies across the world are challenged more frequently with retrofitting new equipment as technology refresh is required to keep pace with ever demanding capability requirements.
EAAW VI seeks to review the technological advances in platform and combat system design that have taken place over the last decade and explore the progress towards total ship integration.