HMS Kent has been accepted back into the Royal Navy fleet following a £24m upgrade.
The Type 23 frigate underwent a 12-month refit in Scotland and since December has been undergoing tests at her home base in Portsmouth.
As well as key upgrades to her weapons system, Kent’s new state-of-the-art sonar equipment has transformed her from a general purpose frigate to a ‘world-leading anti-submarine warfare platform’, the navy announced.
The ship now begins pre-deployment training to ready her for front-line operations.
Also set to return to sea is Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Chiddingfold which has had both her engines replaced as part of a £15m refit for all eight of the navy’s Hunt Class minesweepers.
The 30-year old Rolls-Royce Deltics engines were replaced by BAE Systems with new Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines in a bid to improve her operational availability and reliability, the navy said.