A multi-million pound barge brought to Portsmouth promises to ‘revolutionize the way the city’s vast fleet of ships’ are serviced and keep warships ready for duty.
The £15million ‘jack-up barge’ – named Typhoon 3000 by base staff – will ensure carriers like HMS Queen Elizabeth can be worked on efficiently and won’t delay its deployment.
The Typhoon 3000 has four movable legs that extend to the seabed to allow its large work platform to be lifted out of the water to create a stable platform from which repairs can be made. carried out.
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Work will begin on the Royal Navy’s two flagship aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth, as the mobile platform will be able to reach access points on the aircraft carriers.
The new ship will eliminate the need to turn around when ships are docked in Portsmouth and will mean that smaller ships will not need to go into the naval base‘s frigates and destroyers docks during maintenance.
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This will free up valuable areas for carrying out repairs and speed up the process of keeping ships ready for service.
The Naval Base Commander, Commodore JJ Bailey, said: “The barge provides the Naval Base with a marked increase in capability, to improve the availability of our ships and to perform covered ship repairs.”
The name of the barge is a tribute to the RMAS Typhoon, an ocean-going tug that was the first ship to leave for the Falklands War in 1982.
It was named in honor of the tug as part of the 40th anniversary of the conflict and will be officially named in a ceremony scheduled for April 4, the same day the original typhoon left Portland for the South Atlantic.
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