Minehunter vessels set for major upgrade in Portsmouth naval base

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TWO Royal Navy minehunter vessels are set to get a major upgrade in Portsmouth naval base’s new specialist ship repair facility.

HMS Quorn and HMS Atherstone have been transferred into the new Minor War Vessels Centre of Specialisation.

This marks the first time two Royal Navy Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) have simultaneously occupied the hall for maintenance.

As part of the work, BAE Systems will replace their entire ‘propulsion system’, including the machinery controls and surveillance system.

The ships’ galleys will also be upgraded and refurbished.

At the end of November, HMS Brocklesby was also loaded out of the complex after completing the first stage of her upkeep programme.

BAE Systems will complete the remainder of her maintenance period at the docking facilities at Portsmouth Naval Base before she undertakes sea trials in 2017.

Barry Woolley, projects and operational performance director at BAE Systems, said: ‘It’s an exciting time to be involved in the upgrade of the Royal Navy’s minehunters and great to see the Royal Navy making best use of its undercover facilities for the Hunt Class.’