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Babcock completes HMS Penzance refit

18th March 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Babcock has successfully completed the refit of the Royal Navy’s Sandown-class minehunter vessel, HMS Penzance, at its facility in Rosyth, Scotland.

The vessel underwent a ten-month docking period for the refit, which included the replacement of both main engines, multiple glass reinforced plastic repairs and addition and alteration packages.

Following the ‘ready for sea’ inspection, HMS Penzance returned to its home port, HMNB Clyde, with full operational capability.

Sean Donaldson, managing director of the Babcock Rosyth site, said: ‘Our common user facility at Rosyth is home to one of the largest waterside manufacturing and repair facilities in the UK. This, alongside our skilled and experienced workforce with their commitment to innovation and quality, ensures that we offer the complete package for visiting ships.’

The second of the Royal Navy’s minehunter flotilla, HMS Pembroke, has arrived at the Rosyth site to undergo a similar package of work.

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