The UK Royal Navy’s (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate HMS Kent has completed a series of tests to prepare for its upcoming deployment. 

The tests included various deep-dive checks that were conducted at a NATO facility in Stavanger, Norway.

Trials included ‘operational capability confidence checks’ to ensure that the warship’s radars, sensors, navigation systems, weapons and other major operating systems are ready for the next deployment.

Another objective of the latest assessment and trials was to validate that HMS Kent’s submarine detection equipment is fully capable and working fine.

One of the primary roles of the Duke-class warship is to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions.

HMS Kent commanding officer commander Jez Brettell said: “The capability test package was essential and proves that Kent continues to be ready for operations.

“This was also a great opportunity for the ship’s company to explore the local area after a busy start to deployment.”

The latest tests were conducted after the vessel completed its recent deployment in the UK-led multinational military exercise Joint Warrior 22-2. It was conducted between 1 and 12 October.

During this exercise, HMS Kent performed a wide range of operations in the waters of Cape Wrath, the Hebrides, the North Sea and the South Coast.

Preparations for HMS Kent’s future deployment started earlier this year. In July, the warship completed a complex overhaul to prepare for the October deployments.

The short overhaul, conducted together with BAE Systems, involved replacing one of the two diesel generators of the ship.

HMS Kent recently assessed and validated its weapon systems’ performance and combat capabilities. A Merlin Mk2 helicopter onboard the vessel also launched a lightweight Sting Ray torpedo.