HMS Kent Completes Life-Extension Overhaul

October 8, 2018 – Families, friends and former commanding officers helped welcome HMS Kent back to the heart of the Royal Navy after an 18-month keel-to-mast revamp. The frigate has undergone a major overhaul in the hands of Babcock in Plymouth, work which makes her both the most advanced submarine hunter in the Fleet – and helps sustain her on active duties into the early 2030s. As well as a brand new command system, the ship was fitted with the new Sea Ceptor missile system while in Babcock’s hands; replacing…

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£850m Sea Ceptor missile system enters service with Royal Navy

Sea Ceptor provides a powerful shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missiles, and has been developed and manufactured through Ministry of Defence contracts worth around £850m. It will be carried by the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, and has been successfully demonstrated through a trials and test firing campaign that started last year. Most recently, Plymouth-based HMS Montrose became the third ship to test fire the system. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “Sea Ceptor will protect our nation against the intensifying threats we face today…

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MBDA SEA CEPTOR Successfully completes its final first of class firing trials

While MBDA was showcasing Sea Ceptor at PACIFIC 2017 as an exciting new capability for Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD), the advanced air defence weapon system completed its final first of class firing trials for the British Royal Navy. Following on from the first round of trials last winter, the second set of trials from Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll saw the system tested against more complex scenarios, including rapidly engaging multiple simultaneous threats. Sea Ceptor offers a step-change in capability compared with legacy systems like Sea Wolf, which it is…

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Sea Ceptor missile test firing complete at sea

Firing trials from the first Royal Navy ship to test the new Sea Ceptor air defence system have been successfully completed. The second ship fitted with Sea Ceptor has also conducted a successful firing to verify the weapon system upgrade. The new missile defence system will provide UK personnel with a powerful shield against airborne targets – including hostile combat jets and helicopters, as well enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds. The completion of the firing trials from Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll means Sea Ceptor can proceed to the…

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HMS Argyll Test Fires Sea Ceptor Missiles

The first firings of the new Sea Ceptor air defence system have been successfully conducted in a major milestone for the Royal Navy, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced today. The Minister visited defence company MBDA’s site in Filton, near Bristol, meeting with local graduates, apprentices and other employees working on the Sea Ceptor system. The new air missile defence system can intercept and destroy enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds and will form part of the protection for the nation’s new aircraft carriers. The first firings were conducted from Type…

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