Vanguard Magazine

Aug/Sept 2014

Preserving capacity, General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Keys to Canadian SAR

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e eDge OF TECH 44 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 C anada is in the process of under- taking the largest acquisition of complex naval technology in the country's history through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strat- egy (NSPS). This, as well as maintaining an effective operational fleet, are key priorities for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). De- fence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), working with its partners in the Department of National Defence (DND), Canadian industry and international re- search organizations over the past many years, has continued to develop the tech- nology and expertise to enable the ship ac- quisition process while maintaining opera- tional readiness in the existing fleet. As the national leader in defence and se- curity science and technology and an agen- cy of DND, one of DRDC's priority areas is to support research that delivers direct impact to the Canadian Armed Forces. As such, DRDC provides a national and in- ternational hub of expertise to RCN ship projects in naval platform technologies such as structural resilience, survivability, sea keeping, maneuverability, stability, op- erational simulation and signatures. These areas are essential in ensuring that RCN ships can undertake a wide spectrum of peace-time and combat operations in the most effective and efficient manner pos- sible. Advances in computing technology al- low efficient simulation and evaluation of ships in various operational scenarios. Computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis allow for the evaluation of such complex problems as the airflow pat- neil pegg is the Section Head of Warship Performance at Defence Re- search and Development Canada. simulating, modelling and testing the navy's Future Fleet Real time high fidelity simulation of boat launch and recovery

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