Royal Fleet Auxiliary supplied by Marine Data Systems

Tuesday, 28 January 2014: MARINE DATA SYSTEMS to supply Bearing Repeaters and Steering Repeaters for four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ships
Picture credit: © BMI Defence Services 2014


British company MARINE DATA SYSTEMS is proud to announce that they are to supply a package of their Bearing Repeaters and Steering Repeaters for installation on board each of the four new ‘Tide’ Class Tankers of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). These new ships are being constructed under the UK Government’s £452m MARS Programme (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability).

The package includes the MD69/21 Bearing Repeater and Pelorus Stand, together with the MD73HR Large Format Tape Repeater and MD74HR/W Weatherproof Digital Heading Repeater.

The package of repeaters is to be delivered in conjunction with iXBlue® of France, who are supplying their QUADRANS fibre-optic gyrocompass systems to Kelvin Hughes Limited as part of their Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS) for the four new British ships. The entire project has required close co-operation between the three companies in order to provide a type-approved system which will meet the needs of the RFA.

After receiving news of the order, Tim Ingram, Managing Director of Marine Data, said: “We are delighted to be supplying our navigation equipment for these prestigious new British vessels. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovative technology and we are very pleased to be associated with this prestigious Naval project.”

The four new ‘Tide’ Class ships are expected to be in service with the RFA from 2016 onwards.

Notes to Editors

MARINE DATA is a brand name and trademark of MARINE DATA SYSTEMS LIMITED, a British multi award-winning company established in 1978 and based on the Isle of Wight, England. MARINE DATA designs, manufactures and sells electronic marine navigation equipment. Now in their 38th year, MARINE DATA has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in the manufacture and supply of the best and most adaptable marine navigation and control systems for commercial, military, work and leisure craft.

The four ‘Tide’ class RFA ships were designed in Britain by BMT Defence Services (British Maritime Technology) and are currently being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.

Known as ‘Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability’ (MARS) Vessels, these four RFA ships will offer logistical support to the Royal Navy by providing fuel and fresh water to naval vessels at sea worldwide.

Use of the CGI Image of the ‘Tide’ Class RFA Ship must be credited as: © BMT Defence Services 2014