In November 2022, after completing her NATO duties, HMS Lancaster set sail for a three-year deployment in the Gulf. Upon her arrival in-region, the Type 23 Frigate took over the duties of HMS Montrose, which had been stationed in The Gulf for three years.
In her role, HMS Lancaster conducts a variety of joint security operations including counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, boarding operations, supporting our allies and protecting British interests.
At BAE Systems, the Asset Management team has focussed on developing a business that is responsive and cost-effective when operating anywhere in the world. This supports the Royal Navy’s requirement to deploy a persistent presence around the globe with a high-degree of flexibility and availability.
In early January, the first of several deployed support periods was delivered for HMS Lancaster in The Gulf. Whilst alongside in Bahrain a small team of BAE Systems T23 platform experts worked with local partner BASREC addressing defect rectifications, conducting flight deck repairs and carrying out routine maintenance of her equipment and systems.
Working closely with the Royal Navy and BASREC, BAE Systems delivered the work package successfully, allowing HMS Lancaster to return to her operations at sea without missing a beat.
The in-region support provided to HMS Lancaster demonstrates an enterprise support model that is effective regardless of geography. A combination of a small number of deployed platform experts in partnership with regional commercial engineering delivery partners has been a successful blend – one that we look forward to utilising again in the future.
I am grateful to colleagues in the Royal Navy and The MOD for their assistance, as well as to BASREC for their commitment and dedication to getting the job done. It has truly shown the benefits of effective collaboration.
We’ve once again demonstrated our skill in co-ordinating significant volumes of repairs to such complex assets at reach, delivering to time and to specification. I am extremely proud of the work we have delivered.

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Dean Kimber

Head of Asset Management and FMSP, BAE Systems