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Fig. 1 Cradle system during a model test


A standardised Launch & Recovery system is a step closer with LAURA JIP


There is an evident trend towards fewer, but multifunctional, navy platforms capable of (international) cooperation that are operated by smaller crews. These trends pose new challenges for the design and operation of naval platforms.


M Frans Kremer f.kremer@marin.nl 22 report


issions nowadays are increasingly dominated by operations with small craft from multifunctional


platforms, such as boarding operations carried out by fast manned RHIBs or mine hunting with unmanned, subsurface craft. The multi- functional concept of the new platforms requires the ability to operate with a wide range of diverse small craft. Continuing the current practice of using dedicated Launch & Recovery (L&R) systems limits interopera-


bility severely and means that the platform has to be refitted with different systems each time a new craft is taken into service. The alternative - an expensive, space consuming and training intensive option - is to install a wide range of L&R systems.


‘LAURA’ is a Joint Industry Project in which three types of participants join forces: firstly navies (from the UK, Australia and the Netherlands) provide their requirements, give


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