The British Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 or Duke-class frigate HMS Kent has completed a short complex overhaul to prepare for future deployments.
The related work was a collaborative effort of different organisations, including the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), the RN and the ship’s company BAE Systems.
All associated units have worked together to ensure the Type 23 frigate is ready to conduct high-tempo missions.
The Commanding Officer of HMS Kent, Jez Brettell, said: “The final period of engineering support for HMS Kent was a complex project and although there were emerging engineering challenges, I am very pleased that the whole team , the ship’s personnel and BAE Systems, worked closely together to overcome any problems in a short time.
The maintenance period has primarily provided essential repairs to the vessel, ensuring that she is fully prepared for potential future operations.
The work involved replacing one of HMS Kent’s two diesel generators.
The other generator, which had spent approximately 12,000 hours of continuous work, underwent an overhaul. Each generator could produce 1,700 hp.
Additionally, the frigate’s homemade radar and gyro system, which provide critical positioning and input information to onboard weapons and sensors, have also been upgraded.
The Type 23 frigate Kent was recently deployed to the Pacific Rim for seven months, along with its carrier strike group and HMS Queen Elizabeth.
This will be the first deployment for the Portsmouth-based frigate following maintenance work at its home base.
The vessel is currently being assessed by RN assessors and undergoing operational training at sea off Plymouth.
This training is completed by all RN warships before carrying out any mission in territorial waters or beyond.