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We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to present with Dr Matt Darkin, the DE&S Marine Electrical – Systems Project Team Leader & Obsolescence Lead for Ships OC, at the Defence Leaders Future Surface Fleet 2019 Pre-Conference Focus Day in Portsmouth.

Dr Darkin delivered a presentation on power generation technology for the future surface combatant and Mark Copp, Technical Director for Allan Webb, joined him to discuss the challenges of being both proactive and reactive when it comes to electrical obsolescence with regards to a recent successfully completed joint project.

Obsolescence in long life projects and equipment is inevitable, and electrical items, with shorter lifespans, often carry particularly high risk. Unforeseen obsolescence issues can happen quickly, often having significant impacts including loss of equipment capability and significant increase in through life support costs. Proactive obsolescence management, including monitoring and resolution of obsolescence risk to high risk parts, is essential to effectively supporting equipment. Tailoring an obsolescence management strategy to proactively monitor high-risk parts and adopt a reactive strategy where appropriate allows for maximum availability and optimum cost.

The Future Surface Fleet annual conference is established as a premier international maritime forum, bringing together senior government officials, military and industry to understand the latest maritime developments around the world. Future Surface Fleet has established a deserved reputation for high quality presentations and productive networking, allowing industry and officials to engage, share knowledge and raise mutual awareness.

For more information, visit the Future Surface Fleet website:  https://defenceleaders.com/home/events-page/future-surface-fleet/

Jordan Dymond

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