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    Official Opening by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Carrington KCMG MC
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    Official Opening by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Carrington KCMG MC
    The Rt. Hon. The Lord Carrington KCMG MC, Secretary of State for Defence, will today officially open one f the world's most advanced marine gas turbine test facilities at Ansty, near Coventry. This facility, costing over GBP 2 million, has been designed and constructed by the Industrial and Marine Division of Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited under a contract from the Ministry of Defence.

    The shore based facility will be used to demonstrate the viability of the machinery installation for the new 16,000 ton Through-Deck Cruiser, H.M.S. Invincible. In particular, exhaustive testing will be carried out on the reversing gearbox, the machinery control system and the gas turbine uptake systems.

    When this new warship enters service in the late seventies, her machinery will have been fully proven in the extensive test programme conducted in the new Cruiser Shore Test Facility.

    The test installation consists of the port set of ships machinery incorporating twin Rolls-Royce marine Olympus gas turbines, a newly designed reversing gearbox, a dynamometer, which represents the propeller load, and complete down take and uptake systems for the gas turbines. The test area is 112ft long, 50ft wide and rises to 144ft at its highest point.

    This new centre for marine gas turbine testing makes an essential contribution to naval marine engineering. The need to thoroughly evaluate complete gas turbine propulsion systems prior to installation is of vital importance.

    Rolls-Royce has already gained a vast amount of experience with existing shore based test installations at Ansty, testing the marine Olympus and marine Tyne gas turbines for the Royal Navy's new Type 21 frigates and Type 42 destroyers. The Royal Navy has chosen to use Rolls-Royce marine gas turbines in all their current major surface warship programmes and these test facilities prepare the engines for their arduous duty at sea.

    Following the completion of the Through-Deck Cruiser test programme the facility will be available to be re-engineered to accommodate propulsion machinery for future warships.

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