BAE Systems undertakes refit of Royal Navy’s HMS Lancaster

The Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate, HMS Lancaster, is undergoing an extensive refit at Portsmouth Naval Base as part of a £17.9m contract with BAE Systems.

The mid-life upkeep will significantly upgrade the capability of the 20-year-old frigate to ensure it is ready to fulfil future operational commitments.

The work includes upgrades to the ship’s Seawolf guided-missile system, command system, communications and the installation of a small-calibre 30mm gun system, which can be remotely operated.

This will boost its air-defence capability, improve the ship’s situational awareness and make it easier to enable future systems upgrades as operational requirements evolve.