Sea Platforms

First Type 23 to receive PGMU starts sea trials

28 February 2020

The first UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate to receive the Power Generation and Machinery Controls Update (PGMU) as part of its life-extension (LIFEX) package has commenced sea trials.

HMS Richmond returned to sea on 25 February after an extended period in refit at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard facility.

The PGMU, which is the largest design change programme for the Type 23 platform since build, has been developed to address existing shortfalls in power generating capacity while at the same time ensuring that onboard generation capacity can meet power demand consequent of new weapon and sensor equipment being introduced to the class.

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