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.