According to a press release issued on January 11, 2021, Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), the joint venture between Babcock International and the Oman Drydock Company (ODC), has successfully completed a Fleet Time Support Program (FTSP) of four weeks for UK. The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose.
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British Navy HMS Montrose Type 23 or Duke class frigate. (Image source British Navy)
The maintenance period allowed the DND team to make essential repairs and improve performance, ensuring a timely return on the costs of HMS Montrose to its operational functions in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.
This contract underpins Babcock’s response to the Royal Navy’s commitment to task groups deployed forward. With a greater emphasis on global partnerships and digital support solutions, Babcock’s investment with ODC to develop DND for international navies ensures that it is well positioned to provide lasting support to clients. Its regional capability in the Gulf is key and the success of the FTSP at Duqm demonstrates Babcock’s global support to customers.
The program included repair and maintenance activities throughout the ship, with over 250 critical items in scope. Thorough investigations determined a schedule for ship-wide pressure testing and maintenance, including air gun handling systems, fire systems and ventilation. Activities extended to the hangar, cockpit and bridge, as well as all living areas. Everything had to be undertaken under the strict COVID regulations applicable to the shipyard.
Strategically located outside the Arabian Gulf, DND offers its clients a competitive and comprehensive facility with a full range of modern waterfront infrastructure. Its 2,800 meters of quays, equipped with new construction workshops and specialized manufacturing facilities, sit alongside two 480 m refit basins capable of supporting Ultra Large Crude Carriers and large warships, enabling efficient delivery of ships. most complex programs.
Founded as an Omani-based company in 2017, DND combines the ship repair skills and shipyard infrastructure of ODC with Babcock’s naval design, engineering and programming expertise, firmly placing our customers’ requirements at core of our operations.
HMS Montrose is a class of Type 23 or Duke frigates in service with the British Navy. She was laid in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde, and was launched on July 31, 1992. She was commissioned in June 1994.
The Type 23 or Duke-class frigate was designed for anti-submarine warfare missions, but the ship is equipped with a vertical-launch Seawolf naval surface-to-air missile system and the Boeing surface-to-surface missile. Harpoon for use as an Anti-Surface Warship (ASuW). The ship is armed with a Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS 32-cell cartridge to be able to fire Sea Wolf (range 1 to 10 km) or Sea Ceptor (1 to 25 km), two Harpoon quad launchers, two twins 12.75 inch (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes, one 4.5 inch Mk 8 BAE naval gun, two 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns or two 30 mm DS30B guns, two miniguns and four machine guns for use general.