Royal Navy Survey Ship HMS Magpie Concludes Her Annual Service and Repair

The UK Royal Navy survey ship HMS Magpie (H130) concluded her annual service and repair at UK Docks Marine Services – Mashfords in Cremyll.

This most comprehensive maintenance period since commissioning allowed a number of updates to be carried out to her systems and modifications to her endurance and living/working conditions.

“She conducted a series of checks and a basin trial before we got underway and headed back across the Tamar into our base port at Devonport. The next few weeks are busy for us, we’ve got a whole programme full of tasks and after a period of re-generation, we’ll be back into the business we are task to do”, said Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark White.

Before the repairs, Magpie performed 18 months of hectic port survey work – notably around Barrow, where the nation’s nuclear submarines are built, and Portsmouth Harbour to ensure the specially-created channel for the two new aircraft carriers hadn’t silted up.

The 37-tonne HMS Magpie is the Royal Navy’s newest, and smallest, survey vessel, permanently assigned to inshore work – gathering data for the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton on key civilian and military ports around Britain to ensure the safety of all mariners.

Once post-revamp training is complete, Magpie will spend the bulk of the spring and summer working along England’s south coast.

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