HMS Scimitar back on operations in BGTW
Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron’s HMS Scimitar returned to operational duty last week, having completed her Annual Survey and Repair Period (ASRP).
After six weeks up in a cradle Scimitar returned to the water and her Commanding Officer, Lt James Young RN, was pleased to once again take her to sea with the White Ensign flying.
“I am extremely pleased to see HMS Scimitar return to sea. With the combined efforts of engineers from Gibraltar Squadron, Babcock and Bolaños and with her sea trials now complete, she is ready in all respects to recommence her patrol responsibilities around BGTW,” he said.
This year the programme included a new coat of paint and the refurbishment of one of her engines.
During 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.
Two new vessels HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer were recently received by the Squadron.
“Over the coming weeks the crews from both classes of vessel will work alongside each other to facilitate the transfer for skills in order for RNGS personnel to competently operate the new craft. Until then Scimitar and Sabre remain operational,” a representative told the Chronicle.