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July 13, 2022

British Navy’s HMS Kent completes overhaul and repair

The work involved removal and maintenance of diesel generator and upgrading radar and gyro system.

The UK Royal Navy ’s (RN) Type 23 or Duke-class frigate HMS Kent has completed a short complex overhaul to prepare for its future deployments.

The related work was a collaborative effort of different organisations including the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the RN and vessel’s company BAE Systems.

All the associated units worked together to ensure that the Type 23 frigate is ready for conducting high-tempo missions.

HMS Kent Commanding Officer commander Jez Brettell said: “HMS Kent’s latest engineering support period was a complex project and while there were emergent engineering challenges, I am very pleased that the entire team, ship’s staff and BAE Systems alike, worked closely together to overcome all issues in short order.”

The maintenance period primarily provided essential repairs to the vessel, ensuring that it is fully prepared for the potential future operations.

Work involved replacing one of the two diesel generators of HMS Kent.

The other generator, which had passed around 12,000 hours of continuous work, underwent an overhaul. Each generator could produce 1,700bhp.

Furthermore, the frigate’s artisan radar and gyro system, which provides positioning and essential input information to weapons and sensors on board, were also upgraded.

The Type 23 frigate Kent was recently deployed to the Pacific Rim for seven months, along with its carrier strike group and HMS Queen Elizabeth.

It will be the Portsmouth-based frigate’s first deployment following the maintenance works in her home base.

The ship is currently being evaluated by the RN’s assessors and undergoing operational sea training off Plymouth.

This training is undertaken by all the RN warships before conducting any mission in home waters or beyond.

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