Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon which is currently undergoing a 12-month refurbishment programme has been refloated at Portsmouth naval base for the first time since July of last year. The refit programme is the warship’s first major maintenance period since the ship was launched in 2008. Upgrades made to the ship include deep maintenance of the electric propulsion system and an enhancement of the ship’s dual-purpose gun, sensors and communications systems. In the grandiose traditions of the Royal Navy, Dragon has also received a fresh coat of paint.
Commander Joe Allfree of HMS Dragon said to the press:
In addition to overhauling and upgrading the various propulsion and weapon systems, we have made significant improvements to communal spaces and living quarters, which will make a real difference to Dragon’s sailors once we return to sea.
The destroyer is expected to rejoin the Royal Navy’s surface fleet in June when it will be subjected to sea trials before the crew are retrained in operating the vessel and its newest features.