Repairs for navy support ship

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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NAVAL support ship RFA Cardigan Bay has gone in for maintenance work after spending three years in the Gulf supporting coalition operations and the Iraqi Navy.

The landing ship dock vessel returned to Portsmouth on January 7 after helping to train Iraqi marines and sailors about sea survival, working with US patrol boat teams and regularly hosting VIPs as the command and control headquarters for naval operations in the Gulf.

She will be in Falmouth for three weeks to identify any defects or additional work required ahead of a muilti-million pound re-fit in August.

Work on the 16,000 tonne ship, which is capable of carrying up to 600 troops, is being undertaken by ship repairer A&P Group.