HMS SCIMITAR is back alongside at the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron having completed
her Annual Survey and Repair Period (ASRP). Since the start of May, she has been on dry
land, surrounded by scaffolding and engineers for a six-week programme of repair and
refurbishment to keep her machinery running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
The work package was delivered by Bolaños, a local Gibraltar company, sub-contracted by
Babcock who oversees many projects for the Royal Navy from the Vanguard class
submarines, to Type 23 frigates and all the way down to the two Fast Patrol Boats that make up the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron.
This year the programme has included a new coat of paint and refurbishment of one of her
two MAN diesel engines. After six weeks of HMS SCIMITAR being suspended in a cradle
her Commanding Officer, Lt Tom Loxton was pleased to regain custody of her and take her
back to sea for trials. Lt Loxton said: “No Commanding Officer likes to see their ship out of
the water, but I am extremely pleased to see HMS SCIMITAR return to sea again and a
week ahead of schedule.” He added: “With the combined efforts of Gibraltar Squadron’s
engineers, Babcock and Bolaños and with her sea trials now complete, SCIMITAR is ready
in all respects to recommence her patrol responsibilities around Gibraltar’s territorial waters.”
In SCIMITAR’s absence her sister ship, HMS SABRE has been carrying out the Squadron’s
duties around Gibraltar and is expected to commence her own ASRP later this year. The
main roles of the Squadron are to demonstrate British sovereignty of the waters around the
Rock and conduct escort missions, bringing warships and submarines safely alongside one
of the UK’s key strategic bases.