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Marine Log

October 1, 2007

Rolls-Royce swoops on Seaworthy

Rolls-Royce today announced the acquisition of U.S. naval architecture and engineering firm Seaworthy Systems Inc.

Seaworthy Systems Inc., based in Connecticut, with offices in New Jersey, Virginia and California, has provided services to the U.S. Navy and Coastguard for more than 30 years.

Its work will now be part of a TotalCare service Rolls-Royce is developing for naval customers--offering long-term guaranteed power availability and complete propulsion plant support for ships.

Rolls-Royce provides more than 700 TotalCare and CorporateCare service agreements for its civil aerospace power plants and is developing similar services for the naval industry. It is operating a TotalCare service for Olympus and Tyne gas turbines in service with the Royal Navy and French, Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies.

Seaworthy Systems Inc, which employs 58 people, has also worked with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD), Military Sealift Command (MSC), and commercial shipowners.

Its capabilities include:

Ship design-- from preliminary concept to contract, and modifications for hull and machinery

Operations and logistics

On-board equipment maintenance

Power plant and energy efficiency analysis

Automated equipment maintenance management software

It is currently providing engineering services, and software development and support, for the MSC under a ten-year contract

Pat Marolda, Rolls-Royce President--Naval, said: ''We are developing a TotalCare service to provide ever-improving operational support for our naval customers. Seaworthy has a proven record of delivering similar contracts which will help us reach our goal.''

Martin Toyen, President of Seaworthy Systems Inc. said: ''Rolls-Royce is known worldwide for the excellence of its products and engineering and we will have a significant role in helping its customers from first concept to in-service. We are pleased to be a team member of the Rolls-Royce TotalCare.''