A multi-million pound refit has been carried out on Duke-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, the HMS Westminster, to return her to the forefront of naval capability. Her extensive maintenance period, as part of the £600 million maritime services delivery framework has been carried out at Portsmouth Naval Base, United Kingdom.

The improvements to HMS Westminster include the installation of BAE Systems Artisan 3D radar, MBDA UK Sea-Ceptor air defence weapon system and a refurbished MK8 naval gun. Additionally, HMS Westminster’s hull has received a coat of anti-fouling paint. Structural improvements include replacing the bridge, upgrading the galley and refurbishing mess decks and communal areas.

HMS Westminster will now undergo a series of harbour-based and sea trials ahead of an anticipated return to service in spring 2017.

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