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UK MoD - HMS Monmouth sea trials

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: 26 January, 2009  (Application Story)
Setting sail from Rosyth, HMS Monmouth embarked on sea trials that will test her top speed following a 10-month MOD refit.
Setting sail from Rosyth today, HMS Monmouth embarked on sea trials that will test her top speed following a 10-month MOD refit.

Commodore Brian Archibald, MOD Defence Equipment and Support Director of Surface Combatants, said:

'Modifications have been made to the ship's gearboxes so they can handle the maximum power output of the gas turbines and we expect these sea trials to demonstrate that this has given a boost to her top speed. Overall, the work has improved HMS Monmouth's operational capabilities and has equipped the ship well for the next phase of her service life'.

In an 11.5M package, contractors Babcock have also installed important new capabilities on the ship, making her fit to receive an upgraded Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System which uses highly sensitive acoustic sensors towed behind the ship to pin-point the location of an incoming torpedo, as well as performing extensive repair and maintenance. A new transom flap, together with replacement propellers and drive shafts will also improve performance and make the ship more fuel efficient.

The crew is looking forward to getting back on board, thanks to refurbishment of the living quarters, which includes an updated air-conditioning system, which will make operating in hotter climes more comfortable.

Commander Tony Long, for whom this will be the first time at the helm as Commanding Officer HMS Monmouth, said:

'My Ship's Company is keen to get back to sea and prove The Black Duke's capabilities. For a few, it is their first time at sea and I can sense their excitement and anticipation. For most, however, it is the return to operating from our base port and being that bit closer to family and friends while we advance our engineering trials and weapons skills ahead of our operational deployment.'
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