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HMS St Albans in dry dock at HM Naval Base Portsmouth for complete refit
Every six years the Royal Navy Frigate, HMS St Albans, returns to dry dock in HM Naval Base Portsmouth for a complete refit.
The Mayor of St Albans Annie Brewster visited HMS St Albans last week to witness the makeover in progress. She was invited as a representative of the City of St Albans along with other people from organisations affiliated to the ship.
It was a rare opportunity to inspect the 133-metre vessel from underneath while she was positioned on blocks to allow access to all her parts.
The city’s Mayor said: "I am very fortunate to be mayor whilst a refit is in progress as it was a tremendous way to learn more about what HMS St Albans is and does.
"Seeing her stripped to the bare bones one can see what a cutting-edge part of the fleet she is. I am very proud of the integral role this frigate plays within the Royal Navy and what she and her crew achieve on a world stage."
Visitors were required to wear overalls, hard hats and protective glasses as they navigated around the hazardous areas in the dry dock and on board the ship.
The tour was led by Lieutenant Commander Matt Turner, HMS St Albans Senior Naval Officer, who is in charge while the ship is having her refit.
The complete ship's company of 185 crew will be assigned later this year before HMS St Albans conducts sea trials in 2014.
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