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Rosyth Refit on HMS Blyth Completed On Schedule

Babcock International Group, Marine & Technology Division : 08 November, 2010  (Application Story)
Royal Navy Minehunter leaves Babcock re-fit facility at Rosyth after 6 month docking period for maintenance and equipment fitting
Rosyth Refit on HMS Blyth Completed On Schedule
Sandown class single role minehunter HMS Blyth left Rosyth on Friday 5th November on-time and in-budget, following a number of upgrades, a substantial maintenance package, and two first-of-class equipment fits, during a successful six month Support Period Docking undertaken by Babcock.

HMS Blyth is the first single role minehunter to receive the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)), enabling information sharing and collaborative working across the defence sector network. She is also the first of class to have remote isolation capability fitted to the waste water system, while capability upgrades have included a new high pressure air system (with increased system pressure and longer life, plus important cost and space savings), and a new Ammunition storage system and Ammunition protection in the main magazine.

The vessel is also faster and more fuel-efficient, having received the new polymer-based foul-release paint system to the outer bottom, in addition to blasting and renewal of all weather-deck paint coatings, preservation of all superstructure areas, and renewal of internal deck coverings. The living quarters have also been improved, and air conditioning plants serviced. Additionally, all 41 ship side valves have been renewed or repaired, the starboard Voith Schneider propeller unit exchanged, five tonnes of ballast has been re-sited, as well as Sonar 2093 maintenance, shafting and propulsion system inspection and maintenance, and servicing of deck machinery and auxiliary systems.

In total 375 items of equipment have been removed and overhauled or replaced, and 2.5 km of cable and 500 metres of new pipework have been installed in the course of the 43,000 manhour project.

Babcock project manager Russell Glancy commented: “This project has involved extensive work and a number of challenges which have been overcome successfully through the expertise, drive and pro-active approach of the Babcock production/project team. This, combined with the strong communication and working partnership with ship staff, local MoD team and the Surface Combatant (Mine countermeasure Patrol & Hydrographics) [SC (MPH)] Sandown Class team, has helped to ensure successful completion of this contract on-time and in-budget.”

Local MoD Project Group Manager (PGM) David Winstanley remarked: “HMS Blyth’s support period has successfully built on the experience gained on HMS Ramsey, albeit different challenges emerged during this project (such as the first of class waste water and DII upgrades). Undoubtedly a significant contributing factor to this success was the strong partnering relationships already established between Babcock and MoD coupled with the inherent technical capability of the Babcock workforce.”

HMS Blyth leaves Rosyth for three weeks of sea trials before returning to the fleet.
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