Accession Number : ADA322057

Title :   Ship Survivability Enhancement Program: Management of the Program.

Corporate Author : DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Howe, J. S.

PDF Url : ADA322057

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The Ship Survivability Enhancement Program (SSEP) was devised to generate scientific data in research areas related to the survivability of ships and crews against attack from modern weapons. The experiments were concerned with electronic radiation, fire, smoke, exploding missile warheads, and limpet mines. Damage control and fire fighting methods were also studied. This report describes the considerable planning and management measures required to satisfy all of the constraints imposed by the RAN and DSTO and these included the approved budget, risk management, environmental considerations and OH&S aspects. The report explains how the program required continual on-site liaison with essential support groups and how it was continuously monitored and controlled to ensure that it was operating within the defined constraints and that scientific objectives were being realized. The report starts with the setting of the objectives and management arrangements and the critical issues are addressed in detail. The support roles of the various Navy elements involved are defined. Risk management was a factor which required special attention, especially with its potential for negative publicity for the RAN and DSTO, should adverse situations have arisen. No such circumstances did occur. OH&S matters followed similar lines. The program was deemed to be an outstanding success. Nonetheless, there were lessons learned and these are also reported.

Descriptors :   *SURVIVABILITY, *NAVAL WARFARE, *SHIP DEFENSE SYSTEMS, LESSONS LEARNED, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, RISK, GUIDED MISSILE WARHEADS, FIRE FIGHTING, AUSTRALIA, BOAT AND SHIP SAFETY, DAMAGE CONTROL, SMOKE ABATEMENT, UNDERWATER MINES, FIRE HAZARDS, DESTROYER ESCORTS, LIMPET WEAPONS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE