The UK Royal Navy's Sandown-class minehunter, HMS Pembroke (M107) has successfully completed Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)) and has set sail from Babcock's Rosyth dockyard to undergo sea trials.
During the comprehensive support period, the company provided a substantial maintenance package, as well as a number of upgrades and improvements to significantly enhance operational capability, sustainability, and habitability standards of HMS Pembroke.
Babcock warships managing director Mike Whalley said the company completed HMS Pembroke's support period safely, on-time and in-budget, including meeting some challenging timescales.
"The knowledge gained through this support period will now help the Babcock-led COM team to define the workscope for forthcoming Sandown class support periods to optimise efficiency and value for money," Whalley said.
In addition to installing the defence information infrastructure (DII), which allows information sharing across the defence sector network, Babcock worked on the ship's high-pressure air system to extend system life, while offering cost and space benefits.
The company also installed a new fire detection system for extending coverage to additional areas, as well as provided remote isolation of the waste water system to help prevent flooding following a hull breach, and galley improvements including replacement of equipment with up-to-date alternatives.
The maintenance package also comprised an extensive paint coating renewal programme to all upper decks, renewal of most internal deck coverings including a late stage programme of paint removal, hull repairs and represervation, which restricted the timeframe for work between undocking and ship's staff moving onboard, as well as overhaul of both main engines among other deep maintenance work.
As part of the surface ship support alliance (SSSA), Babcock leads the Sandown-class Class Output Management (COM) team.