Critical Assessment of Damage Control System Technologies


  1. Cosby, L.
  2. Lamontagne, Y.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);International Safety Research Inc, Ottawa On (CAN);L-3 Communications MAPPS Inc, Staint-Laurent Qc (CAN)
The Canadian Navy is currently in the process of developing requirements and contracting for delivery of two new classes of ship, the Joint Support Ship (JSS) and the Single Class Surface Combatant (SCSC). The Navy has identified the reduction of through-life costs of these new ships as a priority, primarily through reduction of crew size, which is a major contributor to the overall operating cost. Significant interest has been expressed in how crewing levels can be reduced, without jeopardizing the ability of the ship to complete its mission. The objective of this report is to complete a critical assessment of available technologies, both commercial and militarized, in Damage Control Systems (DCS). The report will also include a discussion on new technologies in development, and provide some insight on the future vision for naval damage control as it relates to the goal of crew reduction/optimization. The review will cover technologies that are currently deployed as well as those that are being proposed for use on future naval vessels. This report will address the criticality, viability and advantages of integrating the DCS system within the Platform Management System (PMS) as well as associated links to the Combat Direction System (CDS). The primary goal of an integrated DCS is a reduced crew size, which can lead to significant risks in damage control efforts should the technology implemented to address automation not be sufficiently robust. The impact of marine standards o

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-CR-2006-283 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2006
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