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HMS Kent returns to service

12th October 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Kent, has returned to service following an 18 month refurbishment programme.

Carried out by Babcock, the overhaul will sustain the vessel’s operational life into the early 2030s.

New equipment on board includes the new Sea Ceptor missile system, replacing the older Sea Wolf system. Sea Ceptor uses MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile, and features a rocket motor that provides double the range of Sea Wolf. Its active radar-seeker allows the missile to engage targets without the need for complex target illuminators.

Other updated equipment includes a new ship command and control system; and refreshment of general machinery, messes and living quarters.

Since the refit concluded in July, Kent has been undertaking trials in UK waters. The vessel’s service of rededication took place in Portsmouth.

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