LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce of Britain, world famous for its engines, announced it is to begin designing navy ships.
The company has formed a team dedicated to the design endeavor, which is an extension of its work in designing commercial maritime vessels.
"There has been a growing trend for commercial marine technology to cross over into the naval market, delivering cost reduction and proven capability," said Garry Mills, Rolls-Royce's chief of Naval Ship Design.
"Governmental customers are looking for cost-effective and innovative ships and with Rolls-Royce already hugely experienced in ship design, coupled to the world's largest marine product portfolio, we can offer integrated 'whole ship' solutions suited to the demanding roles of the world's navies.
"Naval vessels typically involve the integration of many disparate and complex technologies, into what tend to be unique ships. We have some exciting designs under development, bringing together world leading capability in propulsion, control systems and deck machinery into advanced hull forms."
Rolls-Royce said the new team will focus on offshore patrol vessels, survey ships and support ships. One of its designs includes a replenishment ship for refueling and supplying naval fleets. It is based on the Rolls-Royce Environship concept, which features a wave-piercing bow and hybrid electric propulsion system.