14 NAVY NEWS, MAY 2002
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Take a look at life in the
a tatty copy of Esquire, "Let's go to
ATTLER Morgan swings his legs over the side of his bunk and says to Buster Brown, who's sat upright in the bunk below reading
the mess and down some wets, eh?" The only other lad currently in their six-
man cabin is plugged into his Gameboy and won't be separated from Lara Croft
Finn himhling round the corner, dressed in towel and flip-flops on his way hack from the shower cubicles at the end of the block of cab- ins.
for any reason. On the way out the door, they spy Mickey
junior rates mess. A score of lads and lasses are watching a James Bond film on the overhead projector in the telly room, so the two scoot though the sliding door to the bar. Buster sticks his head round the corner of the
gests: "Down the gym, I reckon..." This piece of fiction may not be too far from
"Coming for a drink?" "Be there in ten." So our two intrepid heroes head over to the
on all sorts of ships, talking and listening to the people who already live the shipboard life. And this is not just Royal Navy ships, but other navies and commercial vessels - feeding lessons learnt from industry and around the world into Daring, Dauntless and beyond.
Ship designers have also been out and about
with berths bigger and longer than any currently in service. The bunks will stack two deep, and great attention has gone into the specific arrangement of these two beds.
Junior rates will be in six-man cabins,
quiet area to see if Tug's in there getting on with his log-book work, but no luck. Angie lifts her eyes from her book and sug-
the truth when it comes to life for the 190 crew on board the Navy's future Daring-class destroyer. From the beginning, living conditions have been a focus of the team putting together the next generation of air-defence warships.
Bigger bunks, large mess areas, a dedicated gym and wide passageways to avoid that Type 42 twist as two adults pass - it's a whole new world. Space for each member of the ship's company has increased considerably compared to existing warships.
this warship of the future. The Prime Contractor, BAE Systems, is working closely with the Royal Navy and Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) to make sure the ship is both practical and comfortable. BAE Systems, the design authority, know accommodation is a big priority, particularly in terms of improving crew standards. The Accommodation Working Group meets
Plans and designs are being decided now for
prime concern to Naval folk. So Human Factors experts were brought in to find the ideal solu- tion. The cabin module is 2.1 metres high - so one of the options was to put the lower bunk practically on floor level, but give both mess- mates plenty of space to sit up. But the panel of experts and Naval people on
The ability to sit up in bed has proved of S
regularly to look at every aspect of life on board. It is chaired by the DPA, and made up of a cross-section of Naval ratings and officers - all ranks, both sexes, and every age.
the Accommodation Working Group agreed that sleeping with your head on noisy boot level might not go down too well with your average matclot, so an alternative layout was devised.
worry, the reclining backrest at the end of the bunk will prop you at a comfortable angle instead. Another Naval practice came clear at the reg-
length with 'Mem height between the two, enough space for everyone except the very tallest to sit up. The lower hunk is lifted above floor level, with space for separate boot lockers beneath to protect your clothes from that dis- tinctive worn shoe smell. But the long-bodied among you need not
The end result is two bunks at least 2.1m in
ular meetings that surprised the BAE designers - the junior rates were very definite that they didn't want ladders lor the top bunk, just a grab- handle. The plans provide an individual locker situat-
ed over the leg end of each bunk, a full-length wardrobe to hang your greatcoat, and surfaces specially designed to be easily cleaned. Each bunk will have its own light, its own
240v power supply, and a privacy curtain to shut out the world. The temperature can be con- trolled in each individual cabin, so bickering will be limited to among six at most. Senior rates will be in either one or two-berth
cabins, with officers in single berths - except officers under training who'll bunk in two-man cabins. There'll be plen- ty of storage, and desks for working, with provision for Internet access in some cabins and recreatio n spaces.
• A concept design for the senior rating's single-berth modular cabin.
ailors big and small have been trying out the bunk arrangements in wood- en mock-ups at the Institute of Naval Medicine at Alvcrstokc, and reporting back their thinking.
junior rates, and one for every seven senior rates. The Type 45 designers promise that the ship can cater for a realistic peak load, morning and evening - so no more lukewarm showers!
lies a row of cubicles - toilets, basins and show- ers. No climbing up two decks and padding along passageways with wet feet to and from the showers and heads. And individual doors that shut to allow cither gender the luxury of privacy for use. The plans provide one shower for every nine
TV areas from the bar, or to allow a quiet space for study. The TV will be digital with connectiv- ity to a ship-wide broadcast system. The junior rates will have three interconnect-
ities, TV and sitting areas. These spaces can be partitioned to separate
or the first time on a destroyer, the sleeping area is not doubling as your recreation space as well. Junior rat- ings, senior rates and officers will all have a dedicated space, with bar facil-
At the end of each block of modular cabins • Above and top: senior rates recreation area concepts. DESIGNED TO HELP YOU WORK, REST AND
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ing spaces to scat up to 86 people and the senior rates will have two connecting compartments for 58. The wardroom will be split with a dining room and anteroom for meetings or socialising. Each individual ship will decide how to use
this space, and individual equipment like stere- os, projectors and the seemingly ever-present disco lights can be added at Naval discretion.
ship are large, with plenty of headroom and clear of obstructions. Cabling and ship's services run through technical galleries which run the length of the ship on port and starboard sides.
The main passageways through the
recessed into the passageway or stowed in lock- ers at regular intervals down the length of the ship.
equipped for single-lever operation for easy opening, and the majority of hatches will have counterbalances and springs to lessen their weight. The gym will be a dedicated space on board
Most of the doors on the Type 45 will be Firefighting and damage control gear is
• A possible interior for the junior rate's bar area.
the warship, with the air-conditioning that runs throughout the ship working to whisk away that characteristic atmosphere of stale sweat and pain. And if you don't fancy the gym, 16 laps of the flight deck equals one mile. Plans for the Type 45 are in hand right now,
Designers have kept in mind that this warship is not just a place of work, but also a home. And one thing's for
sure, the Type 45 will offer a lifestyle unlike any other Royal Navy destroyer or frigate.
> Junior rates recreation space design - end-view.
and the details arc being examined and decided. At every stage, the lives of everyone on board are being
• The junior rates recreation space: on the left, a bar area; middle, TV room; and right, quiet reading room. The exact arrangement of rooms is at the ship's discretion.
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