The first double engine replacement on a Royal Navy ship to be carried out in the Middle East was successfully completed by Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), a joint venture between Babcock International and ASYAD Drydock (Oman Drydock Company).

HMS Montrose, one of the Royal Navy’s (RN) 13 Type 23 frigates, received the double generator change in its forward auxiliary machinery room as part of an extensive fleet time support programme. This together with more than 500 other items including the stripping and repainting of the flight deck and funnel cowling repairs among others were completed in the 11 weeks allocated to complete the job.

Commander Collins, commanding officer, HMS Montrose commented that “utilising Duqm as an engineering and logistical hub has provided an outstanding opportunity to conduct improvements and upgrades to HMS Montrose. It ensures we can sustain operations at reach from the United Kingdom and reinforces our strong relationship with Oman.”

by Andrew Drwiega