November Event at SNAME Eastern Canadian Section

When:  Nov 15, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Eastern Canadian Section


Conventional Submarine Converted to Carry

Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (SSKU)

Presented by LCdr J. Ben Thomson, RCN



Smart Galley Designs

Presented by Chef Wayne McKay





November 15,2017


Byton Mess Crow’s Nest

78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa


For the Deacon Brodies - please add RSVP Bruce Cutler




17:30 – Deacon Brodies for Meal

18:30 – Network time at Crow’s Nest

19:00 – Ben Thomson’s presentation

19:45 – short break

20:30 – Chef Wayne McKay’s Presentation

21:30/22:00 – Meeting en

Presentation 1:

Conventional Submarine Converted to Carry

Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (SSKU)

LCdr J. Ben Thomson, RCN

LT Matthew E. DiVittore, USN

LT Benjamin W. Parker, USN

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Given recent improvements in submarine technology, such as air-independent propulsion , improved energy storage technologies, and Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) capabilities, it is worth considering augmenting the current fleet of nuclear-powered submarines with modified conventional attack submarines (SSK) which can act as specialty ships for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, covert deploying and retrieval of UUVs, and special operations forces support.

This study shows that modifying a modern European-built SSK to incorporate UUV deployment and recovery is feasible and provides considerable advantages. Additionally, that the modifications can be achieved with little change to trim and overall stability of the submarine. These findings are expected to apply to other SSKs as long as the weight ratio of torpedoes displaced to Large UUVs (LUUV) embarked is equivalent. We have shown the feasibility through the modification of a VICTORIA Class submarine currently in use by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The VICTORIA Class was selected as it has already been adapted for USN weapons and sensors, and technical data is readily available. It must be understood that this project is meant to show the feasibility, through engineering analysis, of converting a modern European-built submarine such as the platforms considered for the recent COLLINS Class Replacement Project and to be implemented as a design change prior to construction. Implementation specifically on the VICTORIA Class was used only to validate the design.

Project Supervisor: CAPT Joe Harbour

Title: Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Ben Thomson’s Bio

After graduating from RMC in 2001 with a degree in Computer Hardware Engineering, Ben Thomson completed his training as a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) serving in the Canadian Patrol Frigates HMCS Charlottetown and HMCS Ville de Quebec. After joining the submarine service in 2004, he served as the CSEO of HMCS Corner Brook. More recently, he completed a double Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at MIT.  Remaining with the RCN, Ben is currently assigned to the Submarine Naval Architect position within ADM(Mat) DGMEPM.   



Presentation 2:

Smart Galley Designs

Presented by Chef Wayne McKay


       A challenge in employing technology into Galley design today requires culinary experience culminated with the understanding of how to introduce land based cooking equipment into a traditional marine galley environment. Current designs include such technical solutions as Rational Ovens from Germany offering user friendly multi-functional cooking. Induction surface cooking on a magnetic field have afforded smart – safer galley cook tops that do not get hot on the surface while cooking on full heat.  The planning approach with experienced ergonomic positioning equipment involving the consideration of galley crew, their menus, cooking style combined with the inclusion of the engineer’s insight of the vessel’s nuances generates an end result that is second to non. In my presentation, I will present the guiding principles that generate a smart galley that provides technological - user friendly functionality while creating buy-in by the vessel’s crew deeding their complete ownership  and satisfaction of the final galley design.


Chef / Galley Designer – Wayne McKay Bio

       Chef Wayne McKay, is the founder of “Smart Galley Designs”, Moncton N.B.  Born and raised in Ontario taking the career path of a chef attending Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus in Ottawa. His  specialty field, “working on business end of the business of kitchen management and menu design”.  He was troubleshooting as an Executive Chef for 25+ years with Delta Hotels, World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax before being scouted by KPMG transitioning  his talents into the marine profession as corporate F&B Cost Controller / Galley Designer for Marine Atlantic’s 16 vessels. In his position with MAI he successfully introduced a complete “galley make over” that delivered efficiency that allowed the reduction of 50% of the crew saving hundreds of thousands while increasing the crew’s onboard quality of work  environment, reducing food cost and increasing the quality of the food.  With the privatization of MAI, he started his private consulting practice in 1997 furthering his marine galley design skills working with clients such as Maritime Marine Services, Coastal Transport, Canadian Coast Guard implementing smarter use of technology. The customization of ergonomic galley design work stations and efficient layout design is his current achievement.  He has also built the first independent menu cost accounting cloud software  service in North America with the support of corporate McCain Foods used today internationally by foodservice operators.



Byton Mess Crow's Nest
78 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, ON
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