HMS Kent sets sail from Rosyth on sea trials

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One of the Royal Navy’s most versatile and capable warships was set to sail from Rosyth Dockyard on Friday, November 11 to begin sea trials in preparation for returning to active duty with the Fleet.

HMS Kent has received 23 upgrades in a demanding refit, as well as undergoing a full programme of deep maintenance including structural repairs, renewal of hull coatings and refurbishment of all of her systems and equipment.

The 50 week contract was delivered on time by Babcock, who run the Rosyth dockyard, and required 295,000 man hours to see the overhaul of more than 500 pieces of equipment, the application of 15,000 litres of paint and the installation of 13km of cable.

Upgrades and improvements included the installation of Sonar 2087; a variable depth anti-submarine warfare system; a new Command System central to the ship’s fighting capability against air, surface and underwater threats; large and small gun replacements; filters to protect air supplies against nuclear, biological and chemical attack, and an air conditioning system which will stabilise conditions on board in the most extremes of temperatures.

The Ministry of Defence Project Group Manager, David Winstanley, said: “To have achieved the ready for sea date to the original contracted schedule has been a tremendous achievement.

“It is a testament to the strength and durability of the Babcock, Ship’s Staff and Ministry of Defence partnership and to the valuable contributions made by the wider stakeholder community.”