The QinetiQ team at Haslar hosted visitors from the MoD and the US Naval Surface Warfare Center.
In a release, QinetiQ say that the visit builds on years of cooperation between the Royal Navy and the US Navy, QinetiQ, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and the MoD’s Submarine Delivery Agency.
The above met with NSWC at Haslar to update each other on the latest hydrodynamic developments and testing to explore opportunities of mutual benefit.
The visit, arranged by DSTL, involved hosting Carderock’s senior management team at the historic Haslar Marine Technology Park in Gosport, Hampshire, on behalf of UK MoD. This important visit enabled us to showcase our world-class maritime Test and Evaluation (T&E) facilities to our US counterparts, and also to discuss our capabilities.
“The Haslar facilities are managed through long term partnership with UK MoD – as part of the Maritime Strategic Capabilities Agreement (MSCA) contract. In addition to delivering for UK MoD, MSCA activity contributes to the knowledge and success of UK businesses and has directly supported the UK government export prosperity agenda – through attracting overseas customers to using the unique facilities and Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP) at Haslar.
Senior guests from Carderock included Lawrence Tarasek (NSWC Carderock Division Technical Director), Michael Brown (Head of Naval Architecture and Hydrodynamics Division) and Michael Bosworth (Director of the Center for Innovation in Ship Design). The US visitors were joined by key personnel from DSTL as well as representatives from the UK MoD’s Naval Authority Group (NAG), our MSCA customer.
The day included an introduction to QinetiQ’s activities, and an overview of the history and development of Haslar – starting from Robert Edmund Froude first creating the Admiralty Experiment Works (AEW) on the site in the late 1800s (marking the very early days of ‘modern day QinetiQ’).”
Dr Kieran Rutherford (DSTL) said in the aforementioned release:
“There was a lot of good discussion about hydrodynamic testing, the running of the business and longer term strategy, along with recruitment and skillsets. The visitors commented about ‘how much capability was at QinetiQ, the excellent presentations and the signing of the visitor book’. The visit fulfilled their primary purpose of being in the UK; relearn and reconnect with the specialists in the UK. I would also like to extend my thanks to QinetiQ for also hosting DSTL and MoD visitors.”