The Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth has completed a 20-month refit that saw significant improvements to its operational systems. The refit was primarily concerned with enhancing the vessel’s sustainability and fighting capability which included new weapon systems and sensors such as a new 3D air surveillance radar. The vertical launch Sea Wolf SAM system was also improved as was the command and control system. The ship’s structure has also been reinforced with 17t of new steel. The warship has completed a fleet inspection at Naval Base Devonport, performing extensive sea trials to test its upgraded weapon systems and sensors and is ready for active duty.
Additionally, the Hunt-class minesweeper HMS Cattistock has also just finished a major update which includd new engines. With a modernised Kelvin Hughes Type-1007 naval radar the vessel has received two Eca PAP 104 Mk3 remotely controlled vehicles used for the identification and disposal of mines. The upgrade will mean the vessel is expected to remain effective to at least 2030.