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KBR has assembled a consortium of Thyssen
Krupp Marine Systems, Catalyst Interactive – a
Canberra-based KBR company – and Crytek to
undertake the development of a Virtual Ship
Training and Information System ( ViSTIS).
The CryEngine® 3 - software developed for
computer games – was used to build a three
dimensional model of the LHD. Avatars of the
trainee can be sent to any part of the ship for
familiarisation tasks, or a whole group can be
briefed on their roles in any operation and carry
out rehearsals. Up to 100 personnel at any one
time can use this virtual ship to participate in
simulated exercises and emergency response
scenarios from all over the country, without
having to be in the same location.
WILLIAMSTOWN YARD PREPARATIONS
According to Bill Saltzer there are two aspects to
this task, yard production and facility readiness
to receive the LHD 1 hull.
All four superstructure blocks are now
built and are currently being outfitted at
Williamstown. Two blocks have been blasted
and painted and the other two blocks are in the
blast and paint facility. All three masts are built
in the BAE Systems yard in Henderson WA and
continue to be outfitted prior to transportation
to the Williamstown site for consolidation with
the other superstructure build blocks.
The facility readiness program is on a tight
schedule with four broad areas of work - Mooring
and Access; Services to the Wharf; Heavy Lift
preparations to allow the superstructure blocks
to be lifted; and the Stand-By Crew Facility. All
four areas of scope have been contracted and
work is progressing to the planned schedule.
MOVING THE LHD 1 HULL TO
The Navantia shipyard in northern Spain is on
an estuary. While the LHD 1 hull was launched
off the slipway into this estuary, then brought by
tugs alongside a dock to complete the contracted
work, this poses problems for transporting the
hull to Williamstown.
The chosen solution is to use the semi-
submersible heavy lift ship, MV Blue Marlin,
to transport the hull on its deck. However, the
7.2 metre draft hull will be moved by tugs to
the adjacent port of A Coruña, which has the
necessary depth for the Blue Marlin to submerge
beneath the hull.
Although the shortest route from Spain to
Australia is through the Suez Canal, Navantia
have chosen to come via the Cape of Good Hope
to avoid canal scheduling uncertainties and
also piracy threats along the east African coast.
The transit is expected to start in the August/
September timeframe with 2 days for float on,
45 days for transit, and 2 days for float off at
IS THIS GOING TO BE A MODEL
It has been generally agreed that the ten ship
ANZAC shipbuilding programme was the
most successful in recent naval construction.
Adapting an existing design, for the Meko 200
German frigate, took a lot of schedule risk and
cost out of the ANZAC frigate project.
Now with the LHD project, similar MOTS
considerations apply by choosing and adapting
the Spanish Juan Carlos 1 design. However,
the combat and communication systems
specified by the Australian Government are
different from those used on the Spanish
vessel. As a result, the number of design
changes on the platform systems are about
as BAE Systems expected, while the number
of changes driven by the different combat
and communication systems are greater.
Part of project management is a process for
change management and BAE Systems have
that process in place with their customer and
In future years, the LHD programme may be
viewed to be as successful as the ANZAC frigate
Juan Carlos’ landing deck.
‘Juan Carlos’ at sea.
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