HMS Pembroke recently became the Royal Navy’s most modern Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV) after being equipped with a new state-of-the-art mine countermeasures Command System, say Thales in a news release.
The firm say that the new generation of command and control system they are deploying across the entire fleet of Royal Navy Minehunters under ORCA is known as M-cube.
The contract also includes training for Royal Navy personnel, a five-year in-service support plan and, for the first time a land-based test site to enable the development of future technologies and algorithms ashore.
Stephen Rowe, Underwater Systems Director – Mine Countermeasures, praised his team for its continued dedication during these testing times:
“Our colleagues have shown outstanding determination to provide the Royal Navy with a world class capability. Working in extremely challenging circumstances, the team played a critical role in supporting the successful sea trials with the customer recognising the ‘massive accomplishment’ of everyone involved.”
Jo Osburn, Head of Maritime Combat Systems at Defence Equipment and Support, said:
“ORCA has been a great achievement made possible through working as an enterprise and is a key landmark in delivering increased agility to the frontline Warfighter by taking a more open systems approach. With Initial Operating Capability now achieved, I look forward to the Hunt fits and Full Operating Capability across the mine countermeasures fleet.”
HMS Pembroke has now been approved for operational use and has re-joined the fleet of vessels carrying out vital minehunting operations, say Thales.