Royal Navy HMS Lancaster has departed Portsmouth Naval Base, marking the completion of a interval of upkeep and upgrades delivered by BAE Techniques to optimise her for upcoming deployments. The Royal Navy Sort 23 Frigate will now spend a quick interval on NATO tasking forward of additional deployments. Like all Sort 23s, HMS Lancaster is a extremely versatile multi-role warship. HMS Lancaster is a Duke-class Sort 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 Might 1990. The ship is called “The Queen’s Frigate”, the Duke of Lancaster being a subsidiary title of the Sovereign. Up to now 12 months, HMS Lancaster has undergone three main Fleet Time Assist Intervals (FTSPs) with BAE Techniques.

“In preparation for her tasking our groups have delivered three extremely profitable FTSPs. We’re immensely happy with the work we’ve got carried out. The exhausting work and experience of the workforce all through these main upkeep and improve durations alongside their agile responses to altering necessities and emergent work, means HMS Lancaster will go away Portsmouth optimised for any function the Royal Navy ought to require of her. ”All at BAE Techniques prolong their due to the ship’s workers for his or her shut collaboration and enter all through HMS Lancaster’s help durations and need the crew a protected and profitable onward journey,” commented Dean Kimber, Head of Asset Administration for BAE Techniques’ Maritime Providers enterprise.


Royal Navy Duke-class Sort 23 frigate HMS Lancaster (F229)

As a way to optimise and improve her capabilities, together with:
Upgrades to the bridge, messes and crew lodging amenities
The swap-out of two diesel mills concurrently, a uncommon and vital endeavor which was accomplished forward of schedule
New capabilities throughout communications, navigation and defence methods
Deliberate upkeep of assorted mechanical methods reminiscent of valves and propellers alongside emergent duties reminiscent of hull upkeep and deck repairs

HMS Lancaster was initially allotted the pennant quantity F232 till it was famous that the 232 is the Royal Navy report kind for groundings and collisions and due to this fact thought-about unfortunate. She is likely one of the few ships left within the fleet with some feminine officers however mess decks that are men-only. It’s fairly frequent when she has returned from lengthy operations that she is flown over by the Avro Lancaster bomber which is a part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight primarily based at RAF Coningsby. HMS Lancaster underwent a life extension refit (LIFEX) at HMNB Devonport from 2017 to 2019 which included becoming of the Artisan 3D radar, Sea Ceptor anti-air missiles and strengthening the spine of the ship. The ship was returned to operations in July 2020.