The UK Royal Navy Sandown-class minehunter HMS Pembroke (M107) recently returned to HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde and re-joined her six sister vessels, following an extensive refit at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife.
A rededication ceremony was held at the Naval Base on Nov. 4 to mark the milestone and was attended by the Lady Sponsor, Mrs. Stephanie Gretton, who launched the ship in Southampton 22 years ago.
Mrs. Gretton, accompanied by her husband retired Vice Admiral Mike Gretton, and other special guests were given a tour of the Sandown-class Mine Counter-Measures Vessel (MCMV), to see for themselves, the hard work that Pembroke and her associated contractors have completed during the maintenance period.
During the ceremony, the Ship’s Company paraded on the jetty in their best uniform and were inspected by the Lady Sponsor. Prayers were then led by Reverend Robert Jackson, before playing the National Anthem and the ceremonial raising of the ensign.
The 42-week, £8 million refit work was carried out on the vessel at Babcock International’s Rosyth dockyard by about 50 employees plus specialist sub-contractors. The Rosyth team upgraded the 600-tonne ship’s sonar and communications systems, overhauled her propulsion systems and generators, and improved her freshwater tanks.
HMS Pembroke and her crew are currently conducting a short period of training at Faslane before resuming operations later this year.