aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has become the first Royal Navy ship
to carry the TRITEC FASE II as
part of its network maintenance equipment.
TRITEC already has an excellent reputation
with the Ministry of Defence for providing equipment for installing
and maintaining optical fibre links and networks worldwide. The
compact and robust design of the FASE II has influenced both the
RAF and Army’s decision to select this piece of equipment.
Technology in the Royal Navy has advanced
considerably, and all of the internal Communications and Information
Systems (CIS) LANs are moving over to fibre. In the past the Navy
commissioned all fibre work to external contractors, which could
only be carried out when the ship was in re-fit. It has now become
essential that the Royal Navy has the capability to maintain these
systems at sea. An increasing number of Royal Navy technicians are
being trained for fibre installation, and this trend has led to
the requirement for a fusion splicer to be kept on board.
Jonathan Hunt, sales & marketing manager
of TRITEC states, "An on board fusion splicer for maintenance
purposes may not be used very often. It is essential, therefore,
that the operator can quickly respond to a fault in the network
and repair the break easily, without having to consult the splicer
user manual. We are delighted that, once again, its ease of use
was the key reason why the FASE II was chosen for this application."
With the likelihood of ships spending more
time away from port, and fibre technology advancing throughout the
Royal Navy, it is expected that more vessels will be equipped with
TRITEC fusion splicers in future.
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