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HMS Lancaster set to rejoin fleet

16th July 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster is moving closer to rejoining the fleet following a two year overhaul programme in Devonport.

The vessel is expected to be back in its homeport of Portsmouth by the end of 2019.

Lancaster has undergoing undergone extensive upgrades including installation of the new Artisan 3D radar, improved navigational radar and new-generation Sea Ceptor missile system. The backbone of the ship has also been strengthened with 200 new steel inserts fitted to reinforce Lancaster in heavy seas.

The new kit will be commissioned in the autumn ahead of planned initial sea trials early in 2020.

The whole Type 23 class is undergoing the mid-life refit that will allow the frigates to continue up to the early 2030s.

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