AMT has commenced the provision of onsite design support during the production phase of the RNZN Frigate Systems Upgrade Program with a permanent presence at the Seaspan Shipyard in Victoria, Canada. This coincides with the formal handover ceremony for HMNZS TE KAHA at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria Canada marking a major milestone for the RNZN FSU project.

The Handover Ceremony took place on 26 April 2018. Left to right:  Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence, New Zealand Ministry of Defence; CDR Steve Lenik, Royal New Zealand Navy; Gary Fudge, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Canada RMS; and Brian Carter, President and CEO, Seaspan.

AMT’s onsite team is led by Andrew Cooper who has taken a leading role in the physical integration aspects of the FSU upgrade since the beginning of the project in 2012. This extensive and exciting project for the mid-life upgrade of the frigates’ combat system encompasses the replacement, addition, and/or modification of the majority of the combat system equipment with complete redesign of the ship upper deck and vast implications for ship systems and internal spaces.

Further information on the FSU Program and AMT’s designer activity can be found here