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Old March 2nd, 2017   #5251
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Diver Lieutenant Teina Hullena said Bland Bay was chosen because it was an ideal training area.

“We look for a good gradient, a good training environment,” he said. “It’s the east coast, with good water – not as rough as the west coast.”

I bet what he did not say is that the Crayfish diving up around Whangaruru and Oakura Bay is very very good. Excellent planning Lt Hullena!

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Original NZDF release here. Interesting the exercise used a civilian medivac chopper rather than a Seasprite or AW109.
I guess the involvement was more of a practice session with the Northern Emergency Chopper Unit and Navy helped out. The patient medevac to the Slark Hyperbaric Unit would be something requiring training refreshers.
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RNZN sounding very pleased with their new platform management system. Although I'm still a little unclear on exactly what the nature of the Great Leap Forward is.

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RNZN sounding very pleased with their new platform management system. Although I'm still a little unclear on exactly what the nature of the Great Leap Forward is.

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Wow, unmanned machinery spaces, really? And civilian ships have never worked this one out? This is a case of uninformed hyperbole.
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Wow, unmanned machinery spaces, really? And civilian ships have never worked this one out? This is a case of uninformed hyperbole.
Yep, and before we have anybody suggesting that there is a stark difference in complexity ....... it is not true. LNG carrriers, offshore support and construction vessels, semi submersibles and even large passenger vessels (as examples) are all highly complex and in some cases have a high power (installed and electrical) requirements and hybrid drives ........... these have had UMS arrangements for over 30 years. Many now have intergrated vessel management systems as well.

It is more a case of civilian applications moving into the military field. Form about 40 years ago there has been a move in the commercial world to use technology to reduce crew and cost (some things have been less than successful in the intial stages) and have really led this area.
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thank god for that, I was wondering whether I'd missed something as commercial shipping had been doing this for yonks, so I was wondering why they were getting excited about something that was already standard practice on vessels a tad more complex than GM frigates...
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thank god for that, I was wondering whether I'd missed something as commercial shipping had been doing this for yonks, so I was wondering why they were getting excited about something that was already standard practice on vessels a tad more complex than GM frigates...
Yep, I worked with a fully integrated ballast and stability system in a ship in 1992. Pretty basic but the system had remote detection of tank volumes and drafts (we always checked every day wiht dips) which fed into the stability system in the load computer. All ballast was remotely controlled from the cargo office with quite a bit of duplication on the bridge (no ballast controls in the engine control room). Even the load out came by EDIFACT file over INMARSAT (A in those days) and was dropped in the system by the ships network. All cargo planning was done this way as well as the lashing plan and and changes were sent back by SAT A. Vessel management and maintenance was done the same way (full electronic recording and reporting). It was clunky (the 486 and 386 computers we had were not exactly a digital grey hounds) but it worked....... and we were UMS with full bridge control and remote monitoring systems.

Since then shipboard increased integration has progressed. Integrated navigations systems (now being used on warships) have been developing over 20 years (the electronic chart arrangements have some shortcomings which need to be resolved but this effects all users ..... that what happens when you alllow a technician to develop a system .... not users) ..... none of this is new. Not a surprise that Seimens is one of the major players in this.

The large PAX vessels (noting a lot are now also pod driven) require the full modern IVMS as the professional crew is being reduced to increase the number of hotel staff to keep the shopping centre, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues going. These vessels have a massive power balance issue and have comprehensive systems for general operation (sewage, power, water, ventilation and all the fun stuff) was well as fire and damage control (some of the assumptions on how a ship may behave with extensive hull damage have been challenged by the Costa Concordia .... but lessons are learnt).

There is always the issue of crew competance and training in the use of such complex systems as they are bloody complex. When some numpty decides to tweak the system to fix and issue or something that bugs them it can have massive unintended issues ..... such as a complete black out and lots of head scratching.

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I am sure that the RDN Iver Huitfeld FFG and Absalon command and support ships have unmanned machinery spaces as well. They most certainly have IPMS and that was taken from merchant shipping practice along with other concepts.
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I am sure that the RDN Iver Huitfeld FFG and Absalon command and support ships have unmanned machinery spaces as well. They most certainly have IPMS and that was taken from merchant shipping practice along with other concepts.
All Danish warships have had unmanned machinery spaces and PMS/IPMS systems at least since the late 80's, including the Huitfeldts and Absalons.

Some of the latest developments have involved stand-alone IPMS applications installed on laptops to allow control and monitoring of ship systems from anywhere on the vessel.

I seem to remember reading something about maintenance crews on late model Burkes using tablets to do the same ?
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Wow, unmanned machinery spaces, really? And civilian ships have never worked this one out? This is a case of uninformed hyperbole.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAFFfiUZQ0Y

There is now a Siemens video on the topic.

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An Australian MRH-90 Taipan cross decked to Te Kaha recently during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. Wonder if there is video.

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Lockheed Martin Canada have delivered the new Combat Management System Trainer for the RNZN Frigate System Upgrade Project. The CMS is the LMC CMS-330 designed for the RCN.
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Either hair rules have been relaxed in the RNZN or the FDO is female with rather attractive locks.
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Either hair rules have been relaxed in the RNZN or the FDO is female with rather attractive locks.
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Female and a senior rate at that too. No guys can't wear their hair that long - well they can try but will find themselves up before Jimmy the One with caps off.
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Yep, agree. Think she needs to cough up a 2 and a 4 in the mess.
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Australia's Navy Daily reports an unheralded Kiwi victory. Next time the Aussies will add cricket to the list of sports, and NZ will be completely stuffed.
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