Leander has been designed to be built in a single shipyard using modular construction techniques or it can be built in numerous fabrication shipyards and centrally assembled. All long-lead and lockout items are fully considered in the Leander build strategy which is based on logical block sequencing. These blocks have natural structural integrity making handling easier, cheaper and less complex.
The combat system has also been properly integrated into the build strategy with care taken to ensure systems are ‘procured as late as possible to avoid hardware obsolescence’, ‘care protected’, ‘tested as a system’ and deliver military capability out from build.
The architectures of all key ship systems have been produced with the build strategy in mind. Procurement packages and close supplier engagement will allow an integrated approach to be taken to the warship construction. This collaborative and integrated approach is vital to ensure a constant focus on schedule, cost and quality. This builds on the proven commercial shipbuilding practices of Cammell Laird.
Tony Graham retired from the UK Ministry of Defence in 2015 having reached the rank of Constructor Rear Admiral. As Director Ships he managed a £2Billion/year expenditure and over 1200 staff.
His naval projects include: HMS Scott, HMS Endurance, Wave Class tankers, Bay Class amphibious shipping, Tide Class tankers and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Tony is currently leading Cammell Laird’s Leander bid which is based on the BAE Systems ‘Leander’ design and the BAE Systems Combat System.
He is also a Non-Executive Director for Cammell Laird and independently holds the UKNEST Chairmanship and a Non-Executive Directorship with Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited.
Cammell Laird is the UK’s premier commercial shipbuilder and has a long history of association with the Royal Navy. BAE Systems is a leading global defence company that has built all the modern Royal Navy warships. Together we provide unrivalled ship construction experience, warship know-how and the largest skilled shipbuilding workforce in the UK. Together we offer two pairs of skilled corporate hands able to shape a large naval programme and deliver success.