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DEF STAN 00-101: PART 4

Revision I2, June 27, 2008

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Design Standards for Explosives Safety in MOD Ships and Submarines Part 4 Generic Naval Environment

Includes all amendments and changes through Amendment 1, August 28, 2008


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  • Revision: Revision I2, June 27, 2008
  • Published Date: August 28, 2008
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: MODUK - British Defense Standards (MODUK)
  • Page Count: 70
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

The MOD Ships to which this standard applies are defined in JSP 430 and JSP430 Pt 3 Naval Authority Regulations, Chapter 8 (Explosives). These include HM Ships and Submarines, Royal Fleet Auxiliaries (RFA), Marine Services, other ships owned by MOD, Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) vessels (where these are owned by MOD), and ships on MOD charter. The term "ship" is intended to include vessels, launches, tenders, lighters and any other craft carrying any pyrotechnics and/or explosives. The Naval Authority may determine that a specific platform is not required to comply where no hazard exists but does not issue exemption certificates. All such maritime platforms are described as MOD Ships in the remainder of this document.

This Standard applies to the design, construction and ship fitting of all MOD Ships built to MOD or Classification Society constructional standards and operated by the Royal Navy, Army (including Special Forces), Royal Air Force, RFA or Marine Services. The standard also applies to Marine Services vessels supplied as Government Furnished Equipment for contract operations and MOD authorised modifications undertaken to charter vessels.

It is to be applied to contracts that specify requirements that have any effect upon the explosives safety of the platform. This will include the Magazines, adjacent compartments and ammunition routes and handling equipment within MOD ships in which explosives will be embarked, moved, stowed and used. It is also to be applied to all Refit and Repair work affecting any of these including Alterations and Additions and Modifications. It may also include other design issues throughout the platform that impact on explosives safety.

The complete standard is titled: Design Standards for Explosives Safety in MoD Ships and Submarines, and comprises:

Part 1 – Surface Ships

Part 2 – Submarines

Part 3 – Electrical Equipment and Installation

Part 4 – Generic Naval Environment

Part 5 –Ship Weapon Dynamic Safety

Classified material associated with RATTAM threat levels and mitigation techniques is published separately under classified NAN EXP/03 in support of this standard. This document is available from DESSESea-NAExp, it currently is protectively marked RESTRICTED.

This standard has been written primarily to support the risk based shipborne explosives Safety Management System (SMS) introduced by NAR JSP 430 Part 3 Chapter 8 Explosives. Where legacy vessels have been certificated under previous transition procedures, it is not necessary to implement additional work to meet this standard, unless major modifications are undertaken to a Magazine or weapon system. In that case, this Defence Standard must be implemented.

Supplementary information, information requiring a higher protective marking and temporary instructions will be issued in the form of Naval Authority Notices (NAN). NANs relating to explosives safety in MOD ships and submarines are available from Naval Authority System Library website (www.nakmo.co.uk) or the Sponsor of this Standard.

For the storing and handling of petroleum, oils, lubricants (POL) and certain other hazardous stores in HM Ships, BR1754 is to be consulted (Navy Service Authority: Systems Fuels & Lubricants, WSA, MPS216, Abbey Wood , Bristol). 

Regulations governing the safe stowage and handling of explosives in Magazines in RFAs are covered in JSP 862 Chapter 13. Regulations covering the safe stowage and handling of explosives in Charter shipping are included in the IMDG Regulations. 

This Standard is applicable also to mechanical/electro-mechanical and electrical/electronic/ micro-electronic sub-systems that control the functioning of explosive devices and those that control other safety related features within explosively configured weapons or stores. 

This Standard is to be applied to Ministry of Defence contracts that specify the requirements for munitions to be embarked, for carriage and/or use, in MoD ships and also for the MoD ships that will be required to carry/use them. It describes the Generic Naval Environment. 

The environments resulting from lightning or a nuclear electromagnetic pulse are not given in this standard; STANAG 4236 and Def Stan 02-529 (NES 529) shall be consulted. 

This standard also defines the test and acceptance criteria to be used in the assessment of a weapon system or munition to determine that it is safe in the environment specified. These criteria also apply to electrical/electronic sub-systems that control the functioning of explosive devices and those which control other safety devices within the weapon system or store. 

This Standard is applicable to the conventional explosives used to propel nuclear weapons but is not otherwise applicable to any other components of nuclear weapons.