UK-Omani joint venture Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) has successfully completed a fleet time support programme (FTSP) for the British Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Montrose.

DND is a joint venture between Babcock International and the Oman Drydock Company.

According to Babcock, the four-week maintenance period enabled the DND team to complete essential repairs and performance improvements HMS Montrose.

The FTSP programme included repair and maintenance activities throughout the frigate, covering over 250 critical elements in the work scope.

The repairs and improvements of HMS Montrose are to ensure ‘an on time on cost turnaround’ of the frigate to get back to operations in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.

Babcock Oman managing director Alastair Stangroom said: “DND’s presence in the Middle East positions us well to support critical missions and assets, enabling us to service our customers’ need for fast, effective turnarounds with global reach-back to our extensive network of expertise.

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“Despite the obvious constraints of strict Covid restrictions, the Joint Venture team delivered HMS Montrose back to sea on time, ensuring maximum benefit in terms of cost and quality.”

In June 2019, DND completed the repair, overhaul and dry docking of the USNS Choctaw County Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EFT) vessel in No2 Dry dock, Oman.

In November 2017, HMS Montrose was redeployed into front-line service with the navy fleet during a rededication ceremony at HM Naval Base Devonport.