Nuclear Sub Launched Using NEI Syncrolift For First Time Ever

The U.K. nuclear hunter killer submarine HMS Triumph was recently launched at the Devonshire Dock complex of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. (VSEL), Barrow-in-Furness. This was the first time a nuclear submarine had ever been launched using an NEI Syncrolift.

This event represents another major achievement for NEI Syncrolift of Miami, Fla., which designs and builds the articulated shiplifts, platforms and transfer systems. The Barrow Syncrolift was commissioned in December 1986 as part of the massive modernization of the Vickers shipbuilding facilities. It is sized to handle the extensive range of submarine designs which VSEL offers, including the very largest, and will be used to launch the HMS Vanguard, first of the U.K.'s Trident submarines.

NEI Syncrolift is a business unit of NEI Clarke Chapman Ltd., itself part of Northern Engineering Industries pic, the major energy conversion, materials handling and project management company based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. NEI is a member of the Rolls-Royce pic Group.

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