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HMS Westminster has returned to the water after an 11 month refit at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The vessel is a Duke class Type 23 frigate, originally designed for anti-submarine warfare in the North Atlantic, the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates have proven their versatility in warfighting, peace-keeping and maritime security operations around the globe.

“Go faster paint”, paint which reduces the ability of sea life to stick to the hull, has also been applied.

Lt Cdr Tim Ciaravella, the frigate’s Senior Naval Officer said:

“The ship is now afloat which sets the context for the intensive training programme ahead and is a significant milestone in this joint venture between the Royal Navy and BAE.”

The vessel now has, among other improvements, the new Artisan 3D radar.

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