Babcock International and ASYAD joint venture Drydock Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) has completed a double engine replacement for the UK Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate, HMS Montrose.

It is said to be first-of-its-kind activity completed by DND for the Royal Navy in the Middle East.

According to Babcock, the double engine replacement enabled the Royal Navy ‘to sustain operations within the region’.

The effort was performed as part of an extensive fleet time support programme (FTSP) at the Asyad dry dock facility in Duqm, Oman.

In January, DND successfully completed a FTSP for the ship.

Babcock Marine Sector chief executive Will Erith said: “Once again, our Joint Venture team has supported the Royal Navy in Oman, delivering an on time, to cost comprehensive maintenance programme, including the first Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room double engine replacement in the Middle East.

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DND team also stripped back HMS Montrose’s flight deck and completely repainted it.

Furthermore, DND completed funnel cowling repairs, as well as built and tested a new, main shaft seal cofferdam.

All these activities took an eleven-week repair period to complete.

Babcock said that these activities were completed with strict Covid working protocols in place and challenging temperatures.

HMS Montrose commanding officer commander Collins said: “As the Royal Navy continues to maintain a forward presence around the globe, utilising Duqm as an engineering and logistical hub has provided an outstanding opportunity to conduct improvements and upgrades to HMS Montrose.

“It ensures we can sustain operations at reach from the UK and reinforces our strong relationship with Oman.”