HMS Northumberland welcomes crew for sea trials after upgrade

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland has welcomed her crew back following a major refit at the frigate refit complex in Devonport.

Justin Mills, ship project manager, handed over the Type 23 frigate to the new Commander Alexandra Pollard.

This is Pollard’s first command having previously served as the executive officer aboard HMS Richmond.

Now that the ship has been delivered to the crew by shipbuilder Babcock, it is set to undergo a series of sea trials and training evolutions before returning to operations.

The ceremonial handover included the raising of the White Ensign on board.

In addition to upgrades to her weapon systems, infrastructure and navigation equipment, HMS Northumberland received four new diesel generators and associated upgraded power distribution delivered by Rolls-Royce subsidiary MTU. The new generator equipment, being manufactured in Germany and Austria, is being installed at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport during planned upkeep periods. All frigates are set to receive them by 2024.

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