Dutch company Ravestein has delivered a specialist vessel to support the repairs and maintenance of the British Royal Navy’s ships at Portsmouth Naval Base.
Named Typhoon 3000, the $20.35m (£15m) jack up barge is designed to help keep the ships prepared to conduct front-line operations.
The vessel has four moveable legs that can stretch up to the seabed, enabling its large working platform to be lifted out of the water.
It offers a stable platform to carry out maintenance and lifting of machinery.
With this new capability, smaller ships will not be required to enter the naval base’s frigate and destroyer docks during repairs and other related works.
This will provide space for conducting repairs and speeding up the procedure of keeping vessels ready for operations.
It is expected to improve delivery of repairs and maintenance services for the city’s fleet, including Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) carriers and River-class patrol vessels.
Naval Base commander commodore JJ Bailey said: “The barge offers the naval base a clear uptick in its capability, to improve our ship availability and deliver covered ship repairs.”
For this project, the Royal Navy worked together with industry partners for three months.
The barge will also facilitate engineering work by providing access points on HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers.
The official naming ceremony for the barge is scheduled to take place on 4 April.
Earlier this month, BAE Systems’ Combat Systems teams offered software updates to the British Royal Navy’s two QEC aircraft carriers.