Plymouth's HMS Somerset is back at sea after £20m refit
A REVAMPED warship is stretching her sea legs after nine months of TLC.
HMS Somerset, based in Plymouth, has undergone an extensive revamp bringing her in line with the most sophisticated fighting ships in the Royal Navy fleet.
The £20 million overhaul of the Type 23 frigate was carried out in her home port in partnership with Babock Marine.
Her captain, Commander Mike Smith, couldn't wait to get her back to sea.
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He said: "I am incredibly proud to be taking HMS Somerset back to sea after what has been a highly productive upgrade.
"The ship has now increased capability to meet the needs of an adaptable Royal Navy and is ready to return to active fleet."
The ship has the most modern fighting capability while the living arrangements and main machinery have been improved.
A new coat of paint on the hull increases its streamlined efficiency, economy and speed.
Enhancements to the ship's Seawolf missile system and operations room functions have made her more versatile and agile.
The communications systems have also been improved as has the galley - making life at sea more comfortable for the 185 sailors.
The ship sailed from HMNB Devonport to undertake a period of training and equipment trials before returning to operational tasking later this year.