Babcock Welcomes Back Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose (F236)
Babcock, the worldwide defence firm, has welcomed house HMS Montrose, a part of the Royal Navy’s Kind 23 frigate fleet, to her Devonport base port following the ships 4-year deployment from the UK. With the Royal Navy’s presence within the Center East handed over to HMS Lancaster within the Omani port of Duqm, Babcock has performed a big position in preserving HMS Montrose operational on her worldwide mission throughout her deployment together with the three ½ years she spent in The Gulf. As a part of Babcock’s T23 LIFEX Programme to replace the Royal Navy’s Kind 23 Class Frigates to function effectively past their authentic design life expectancy, Babcock works in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and industrial companions by way of the Floor Ship Assist Alliance (SSSA), to make sure that the Class stays related and operationally accessible in opposition to in the present day’s threats and de-risks future transitions again into service.
Welcoming the ship again to Devonport, Gary Simpson, Managing Director, Assist – Marine, Babcock mentioned: “It’s all the time poignant to welcome a ship again to port following time away at sea defending the pursuits of the nation and worldwide allies, particularly for the households and associates of HMS Montrose right here in the present day. Babcock is proud to play its half in preserving the ship operational and her crew protected and safe all through their worldwide deployment. Globally deployed capabilities play a bigger position than ever in how we assist to maintain prospects belongings mission-ready and we’re tuned to ship this. It’s nice to see HMS Montrose again in Devonport following her illustrious tour making an actual affect to world safety.”
In January 2021 Babcock’s three way partnership with Oman Drydock Firm accomplished a first-of-its-kind double diesel engine alternative for HMS Montrose, from Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) within the Center East, to assist operations throughout the area. The work was carried out as a part of an intensive fleet time, at attain, assist programme which traditionally would have occurred within the UK, demonstrating the International Assist functionality that Babcock delivers internationally at any time when prospects require it. The DND workforce additionally stripped again HMS Montrose’s flight deck and different areas of the higher deck and utterly repainted them; in addition they undertook funnel cowling repairs, in addition to constructed and examined a brand new, foremost shaft seal cofferdam to allow upkeep and restore of an underwater seal. All exercise was accomplished inside a well timed eleven-week restore interval.
Babcock has accomplished over 10 deployed assist intervals in recent times to the Royal Navy’s Kind 23 and Touchdown Platform Dock platforms, ranging in areas as different as the center East, Japan, Singapore and the Mediterranean. The corporate assist throughout Kind 23 platforms has included functionality updates such because the alternative of main weapon techniques, main upgrades to marine tools, together with the PGMU match which sees the alternative of 4 Diesel Mills and upgraded Switchboards and monitoring techniques, adjustments to deal with tools obsolescence and in depth work to increase the lifetime of hulls and superstructures. In addition to assist to Kind 23s within the Center-East, Babcock just lately marked 15 years of steady assist to the Sandown-class Mine Counter Measure Vessels deployed on operations within the Northern Gulf.
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