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HMS Sabre back in action

HMS Sabre has recently returned to fleet time and active operations with the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron (RNGS) after completing her five week Annual Survey and Refit Period (ASRP).

The ASRP gave Sabre a well-earned rest from her day-to-day patrols of Gibraltar’s territorial waters demonstrating sovereignty and providing force protection to other warships visiting the Rock.

The work, carried out by local firm Bolaños, included re-painting and cleaning of the hull to improve her speed through the water and an overhaul of her two MAN V10 diesel engines.  Thanks to the work of the RNGS engineers and lessons learned during previous refit work, Sabre finished ahead of schedule and returned to the water a week early.

The ship’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Tom Lindsey said: “I’m really pleased to see Sabre returning to the water ahead of schedule”.  He added: “Our engineering team, together with Bolaños, have worked hard to ensure that she is in the best possible condition to keep up the high operational tempo required in and around British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.”

In the meantime her sister ship, HMS Scimitar,  has been the Squadron workhorse, remaining on duty since mid-September and escorting a number of Royal Navy and NATO units safely in and out of the Mediterranean port as well as her daily patrols demonstrating British sovereignty.

With Sabre’s return RNGS is back up to full strength in preparation for an upcoming deployment, ceremonial duties and operational sea training at the end of the year.

Commanding Officer RNGS, Lieutenant Commander Simon Henderson said: “It is great to have the Squadron back at full strength to allow us flexibility in delivering our demonstration of sovereignty within BGTW.”