Babcock completes HMS Penzance minehunter vessel upgrade

15 March 2019 (Last Updated March 15th, 2019 09:54)

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

Babcock completes HMS Penzance minehunter vessel upgrade
The Royal Navy’s Sandown-class minehunter HMS Penzance around Kinlochbervie. Credit: Gary Sutherland.

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

The company delivered the work under a contract to provide maintenance and upgrades to all Sandown-class minehunter ships.

As part of the refit package, Babcock replaced both main engines during HMS Penzance’s ten-month docking period at the Rosyth facility. The vessel also underwent multiple glass reinforced plastic (GRP) repairs and addition and alteration (A&A) packages.

The contract work was delivered by a team of more than 50 Babcock employees with experience in electrical, mechanical, engineering, joinery and GRP shipwright services. The team was assisted by specialist sub-contractors.

Babcock Rosyth site managing director Sean Donaldson said: “Our common user facility at Rosyth is home to one of the largest waterside manufacturing and repair facilities in the UK.

“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.”

Following the refit, HMS Penzance was put through the ready for sea inspection and then returned to her home port, HMNB Clyde, with full operational capabilities.

Babcock will now begin the refit of the second of the Royal Navy minehunter flotilla, HMS Pembroke, which has arrived at the Rosyth site.

HMS Penzance is used to neutralise underwater threats and clear the sea-lanes for shipping.

The Sandown-class vessels feature BAE Systems’ Insyte Nautis M combat management system and two underwater PAP 104 Mk5 remote-controlled mine-disposal vehicles.