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McGeoch Rules The Waves Published 1st November 2019 Over and under the waves, the name of McGeoch has long been synonymous with the design and engineering of high quality bespoke electrical control & instrumentation systems and specialist marine and explosion proof lighting for the world’s naval ships and submarines as well as for the merchant vessels and passenger fleets of many nations. In previous blogs, published month-by-month this year, we have charted the company’s success from the historic contract to supply electric lighting fittings for the ‘SS City of Paris’, (from 1889 to 1893, the holder of the ‘Blue Riband’ as the fastest ship on the north Atlantic route), through the Edwardian era to the pre and post WW1 and WW2 periods. In this latest blog we reflect on more recent achievements of the 21st century. < Type 45 is a class of six guided missile destroyers built for the British Royal Navy by BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions and for which McGeoch has supplied all the internal lighting together with a range of control & instrumentation, distribution and fire damper panels and junction and cable change boxes. The first ship, ‘HMS Daring’, was launched in 2006 followed by ‘HMS Dauntless’ (above) in 2007. The other four ships, ‘HMS Diamond’, ‘HMS Dragon’, ‘HMS Defender’ and HMS Duncan’, were launched between 2007 and 2010. < ‘HMS Astute’ was the first in a series of astute class, nuclear-powered fleet submarines built by BAE Systems Maritime in Barrow-in-Furness for the British Royal Navy. She was launched in June 2007 and commissioned in August 2010. McGeoch has supplied all the internal and navigation lighting, a range of control & instrumentation, distribution and fire damper panels, junction and cable change boxes and a water chemistry system for each boat. The seventh and last boat in the series, ‘HMS Agincourt’, is expected to be commissioned in 2024. ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’ is the first of the Queen > Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers. The largest and most powerful warship in the history of the British Royal Navy was floated for the first time in Rosyth, Scotland, in July 2014 and is the very vanguard of naval engineering. McGeoch has supplied over 12,000 lighting units for the ship together with 300 control & instrumental panels and a further 300 electrical distribution panels. The company secured the contract for both ships back in 2010 and completed supply by the end of 2015.
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