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From Provider to Decider: The Changing Face of Royal Navy Gas Turbine Support

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Ian Timbrell, Howard Startin

Ministry of Defence, Bristol, England, UK

Paper No. GT2007-27074, pp. 893-900; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2007
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4790-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by British Crown/MOD


Marine Propulsion Systems Integrated Project Team (MPSIPT), part of the UK’s Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), has traditionally provided gas turbine life cycle management to a collaboration of four European navies operating the Rolls Royce Olympus, Tyne and Spey marine gas turbines. With the drive towards the need to deliver greater efficiencies, a shrinking supplier base and in keeping with DLO’s Strategic Plan to transform in-service support arrangements, MPSIPT explored ways by which they could move from a provider to intelligent decider role. This transformation was realised in the form of a Total Care Package (TCP), introduced in April 2005, whereby Rolls Royce has taken responsibility for the support of Olympus and Tyne marine gas turbines. The issues raised should be of interest to Navies and other organisations facing similar challenges in gas turbine support. This paper gives a brief history behind how gas turbine life cycle management has been provided to the Royal Navy in the past, before concentrating on the reasons behind and the practical issues raised by our move to the TCP arrangement. The paper sets out the philosophy behind the DLO’s Strategic Plan, what that means in practical terms, how it has been applied for gas turbine support and the implications for the future. It explains how TCP has been approached in partnership with Rolls Royce, describes the issues that were faced, what the benefits are, what it means for the front line and our partners and how the contract is being managed. It concludes by identifying the lessons from the first year of operation of the TCP contract.

Copyright © 2007 by British Crown/MOD
Topics: Gas turbines , Navy



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