Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), the Joint Venture between Babcock International and ASYAD Drydock (Oman Drydock Company), has completed a first of its kind double engine replacement for the Royal Navy (HMS Montrose) in the Middle East.
Undertaken at Asyad dry dock facility at Duqm, in Oman, this complex operation to replace the Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room generators was a package of more than 500 items and enabled the Royal Navy to sustain operations within the region as the latest example of Babcock’s global reach.
Part of an extensive fleet time support programme for HMS Montrose in the Middle East, the team also stripped back the flight deck and fully repainted it; completed funnel cowling repairs; and built and tested a brand new, main shaft seal cofferdam. All activities during the eleven-week repair period were completed against the backdrop of strict COVID working protocols and challenging temperatures.
Will Erith, Babcock’s Marine Sector Chief Executive, said: “Once again, our Joint Venture team has supported the Royal Navy in Oman, delivering an on-time, to cost comprehensive maintenance programme, including the first Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room double engine replacement in the Middle East. Our global support approach underpins the service we deliver whenever, wherever our customers require.”
Commander Collins, Commanding Officer, HMS Montrose, said: “As the Royal Navy continues to maintain a forward presence around the globe, utilising Duqm as an engineering and logistical hub has provided an outstanding opportunity to conduct improvements and upgrades to HMS Montrose. It ensures we can sustain operations at reach from the UK and reinforces our strong relationship with Oman.”
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Following the signing of a joint venture (JV) agreement with the Oman Drydock Company in June 2017, Babcock international has been preparing and developing our already extensive expertise in working with international navies around the globe to deliver world leading engineering support from the Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND).
Fully endorsed by the UK and Omani governments, the hugely significant venture, in partnership with ODC, is something that Babcock is very proud of. With the UK government committed to maintaining a presence in this strategically important part of the world, a commitment underlined in its Gulf Strategy, Babcock is perfectly poised to be an integral part of future plans for the region.
Duqm Naval Dockyard offers global navies a comprehensive repair and logistics hub to support operations at reach and for sustained periods.
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