Scimitar class patrol vessel HMS Sabre, part of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron, has finished her Annual Survey and Repair Period.
The Royal Navy say that the annual 30-day package, which requires the ship to be craned out of the water onto a shore-side cradle, included an emptying and cleaning of all of her tanks, extensive deep cleaning and a full internal and external survey to ensure that the ship remains safe to go to sea.
Sabre’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Lloyd Cardy said according to a news release:
“HMS Sabre and her sister ship HMS Scimitar have provided valuable service in different guises for 25 years. The way we achieve longevity like that is by careful and regular maintenance, both by the ships’ engineers and with the assistance from external contractors.
This annual maintenance package is vital to ensuring that we can keep these vessels at the short notice required for our tasking here in Gibraltar.”
The Scimitar class vessels were originally built for use on inland waterways in Northern Ireland and were first brought into service in 1993. Sabre was commissioned for the Royal Navy in 2003 and has served as part of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron ever since.