HMS Penzance Completes Refit at Rosyth

March 13, 2019 – We have successfully completed the refit of HMS Penzance minehunter vessel at our Rosyth site. HMS Penzance – one of the Royal Navy’s Sandown class minehunters – underwent a 10 month docking period at Rosyth. The refit included the replacement of both main engines, multiple Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) repairs and Addition and Alteration (A&A) packages. A team of over 50 Babcock employees made up of experienced electrical, mechanical, engineering, joinery and GRP shipwright resource delivered the work – alongside specialist sub-contractors. After passing the Ready…

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First Supplies Embarked on Prince of Wales

March 4, 2019 – The first stores have been loaded aboard HMS Prince of Wales as Britain’s new carrier takes another small step towards her maiden voyage. More than 62 tonnes of supplies – bandages, pots, pans, camp beds, pipe clamps, hoses, valves and firefighting equipment – have been moved on to the ship as the flat-top prepares to sail later this year. A 21-strong team from the aircraft carrier’s supply department spent two weeks working around the clock to move the stores on board – a task rather more…

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Scottish yard awarded HMS Queen Elizabeth contract

January 9, 2019 – Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A Scottish dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The £5 million contract, won by Babcock, will allow the 65,000-tonne carrier to undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems over a six-week period at the company’s Rosyth site.…

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Prince of Wales’ First Flashup

November 26, 2018 – The heart of the UK’s second new aircraft carrier now gently beats after her engines were fired up for the first time. Engineers aboard HMS Prince of Wales turned on the diesel generators ­– a key milestone on the road to sending the 65,000-tonne warship to sea in the second half of next year. In the bowels of the carrier – in the later stages of fitting out at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh – there are four Wärtsilä diesel generators, each capable of producing more than…

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HMS Prince of Wales Christened

HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two future flagships being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, was Christened September 8th during a ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland. The ship’s new sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, followed Royal Navy tradition by triggering a bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Laphroaig distillery in the Isle of Islay, smashing it against the ship’s hull. This significant milestone comes just three weeks after the first aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth made her first entry into her…

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