The UK Royal Navy’s HMS Clyde offshore patrol ship is set to undergo a comprehensive overhaul at Simon’s Town, South Africa, after five years of patrolling missions in and around the Falkland Islands.
The maintenance services will be carried out by HMS Clyde’s company in collaboration with the Armaments Corporation (ARMSCOR), an arms procurement agency of the South African Department of Defence that also runs the Simon’s Town dockyard.
The hull and machinery aboard the HMS Clyde will undergo improvements.
The vessel will also have its upper deck upgraded, while maintenance will be performed on a wide range of engineering systems to make it fully operational.
Since its last maintenance in 2011, the ship has been constantly serving as the Falklands’ permanent guardship in the Southern Ocean.
HMS Clyde was manoeuvred into the dry dock at Simon’s Town where the divers ensured that the vessel was lined up with large blocks on the dock floor that are used to support the ship once the water was pumped out.
During the maintenance period of HMS Clyde, her duty around the Falklands will be replaced by Royal Navy survey ship HMS Enterprise.
With a cruise speed of 21k, the HMS Clyde has a displacement capacity of 1,847t and can accommodate 43 crew members.
The vessel is equipped with a versatile flight deck, helicopter-in-flight-refuelling capability and air defence radar.
Image: Royal Navy’s HMS Clyde travels from South Atlantic waters around the Falkland Islands to Simon’s Town in South Africa to undergo maintenance services. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.