Development of Fire Fighting & Damage Control automation that enables future crew reduction
The Holland-class Patrol Vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy has been designed to conduct world-wide operations with a low level of violence. Minimization of the exploitation costs has been translated in a frigate size vessel design to be manned by a crew of 50. In particular, the support of Battle Damage Repair required serious development as today’s solutions are based upon having a much larger crew. Adoption of modern fire-fighting techniques such as ship-wide deployment of automated water-mist systems and extensive use of center-fed hose reels appeared to be essential steps to cope with lower manning levels. However, that is not enough as there are other internal battle aspects that (today) require significant manpower such as information gathering to obtain the desired situational awareness of the current state of the damage, and complex engineering tasks to mitigate the damages and the management of the necessary resources. For this reason, this paper discusses the approach and development of four (4) platform management system Damage Surveillance and Control (DSAC) applications as an example how future internal battles can be supported to achieve a higher quality (less human errors) of battle damage control, by means of a better situational awareness and a significant reduction of the workload during Battle Damage Repair.
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