Commissioned in 2002, the 133 metre long, 4900 ft Portsmouth based frigate can accommodate a crew of 180.
The specification was in accordance with the latest edition of the Ministry of Defence War Paint systems. The scope of works called for the complete paint removal by blasting of the outer bottom, followed by application of 4 or 5 coats of an International Paints supplied silicone based anti-fouling coating, the number of coats being area dependent.
Remaining surfaces including internal surfaces, decks, superstructure and ships sides above the water received coatings supplied by Leighs Paints. The decks, including the flight deck, were blast cleaned to bare metal and recoated with anti-skid coatings, and blast cleaning was also the mode of surface preparation to tanks within the hull. Remaining surfaces including internal compartments, machinery spaces, upper ships sides and superstructure were mechanically prepared, patch primed and coated with 2 or 3 coats of Leighs specifiied materials.
Works were carried out by our dedicated marine team based at HMNB Portsmouth including Health & Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Manager, Continuous Improvement Manager and Contracts Manager, with support from Head Office provided by visiting Quantity Surveyors and Contracts Director.