Royal Navy fast patrol boat returns to Gibraltar naval base duties

The Royal Navy’s Gibraltar base has welcomed back fast patrol boat HMS Scimitar which returned from a refit period.

Since late April HMS Scimitar was dry-docked for her annual survey and refit period (ASRP), a six-week programme of repair and refurbishment to keep her running smoothly.

The work package was delivered by Bolaños, a local Gibraltar company sub-contracted by Babcock who oversee projects for the Royal Navy.

This year the program included a new coat of paint, the addition of new high-intensity strobe lights and the replacement of the head on one of her two MAN diesel engines.

After eight weeks up in a cradle her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander James Myhill RN, was pleased to take her back to sea for her trials and to sign off the work that had been completed.

He said, “Having been involved throughout this ASRP I am extremely pleased to see HMS Scimitar return to sea and to her patrol duties around Gibraltar.

“With the combined efforts of Gibraltar Squadron’s engineers, Babcock and Bolaños, Scimitar is running smoother than ever and we’ve even managed an increased top speed during her acceptance trials.”

In Scimitar’s absence, her sister ship HMS Sabre has been continuing duties around Gibraltar.

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