Portsmouth-based Fleet Support Limited (FSL) has been commissioned to undertake the year-long £17m refit of the Royal Navy Type 42 destroyer HMS York.
The ship was last dry docked for a refit at
HMW York will dock down in March after the refit begins with the removal of the ship’s Sea Dart missile launcher. This will be replaced with a newly refurbished launcher, after which FSL technicians will reconnect the supporting infrastructure, notably the radar and alignment systems, and enable the new equipment.
A team of up to 100 FSL personnel will carry out other work during the next few months before the ship is put to sea again in August. This will include fitting a fuel-saving transom (stern cross-section) flap which is being fabricated in FSL’s workshops.
An IT network will be fitted, the ship’s communication system will be rewired and the ship’s accommodation and crew facilities will be upgraded. The power plant will be overhauled, the propellers removed and the tail shafts changed. Before returning to service in March 2009, HMS York will be totally re-preserved ready for her next operational deployment.