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HMS Kent sails after major upgrade

#2
2 M Oil & filter change
1 M For 4 new wiper blades
0.5 M New ashtray in the ward room
1 M Dancing Elvis mobile on the bridge
12M Shiny new propellers honest guv they're under the ship somewhere
0.5 M Empty pockets to hold those never to be issued rockets
7 M New doormat and revolving door for the female accomodation
Gratis Golden rivet given a quick rub of brasso

That will be 24 million thank ee kindly Sir!
 
#4
"…Key upgrades include a new 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus new 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides.…"

One presumes these are to replace the 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides she already had?
 
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cloudbuster

Guest
#5
Straight to the breakers yard
Nah, someone'll snap her up at a bargain-basement price. It's sale-time at Pompey Secondhand Boats, so you can change the thread title to read;

HMS Kent in the sales after major upgrade.
 
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cloudbuster

Guest
#6
"…Key upgrades include a new 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus new 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides.…"

One presumes these are to replace the 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides she already had?
Yes, but they're 'newer'.
 
#7
"…Key upgrades include a new 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus new 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides.…"

One presumes these are to replace the 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides she already had?
Do you not realise that Naval Guns need replacing after a certain number of rounds have been fired.
 
#11
So a bit like me putting new tyres of the same brand on the motor and saying I've given it a key upgrade then?
For the 4.5 probably going from a Mk8 Mod 0...



to a Mk 8 Mod 1



"The Mod 1 uses electric motors for almost all functions in place of the hydraulic actuators and servos used on Mod 0 except for those motions on the elevating mass. These changes improve safety, reduce power consumption and cut the overall mounting weight by 3.7 tons (4 mt). Lower deck space requirements have also been substantially reduced." Navweaps

Suspect the only similarity with regard to the 30mm weapons is that the calibre is the same.
 

jrwlynch

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
"…Key upgrades include a new 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus new 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides.…"

One presumes these are to replace the 4.5-inch (114mm) medium-range gun plus 30mm close-range guns on her port and starboard sides she already had?
The 4.5" replaces the Mod 0 with the Mod 1 - identical gun, new mount and drives. Easier to maintain, fewer breakdowns.

The 30mm replaces the Oerlikon KCB cannon, controlled by an operator on the mount using a (day-only) Ring sight and Kentucky windage, with Bushmaster 30mm weapons aimed by TI/TV sensors and remotely controlled from the Ops Room - more reliable, much more accurate, and much more capable at night.
 

jrwlynch

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
Does that mean the days of closing up on the 30mm dressed in two pussers doss bags are now officially over?
Still have to do preps for firing on the mount, but after that the weapon-aimer's sitting in air-conditioned comfort in the Ops Room eating his(her?) Action Snacks.

Until you get a stoppage or need to reload, of course...
 
#19
For the 4.5 probably going from a Mk8 Mod 0...



to a Mk 8 Mod 1



"The Mod 1 uses electric motors for almost all functions in place of the hydraulic actuators and servos used on Mod 0 except for those motions on the elevating mass. These changes improve safety, reduce power consumption and cut the overall mounting weight by 3.7 tons (4 mt). Lower deck space requirements have also been substantially reduced." Navweaps

Suspect the only similarity with regard to the 30mm weapons is that the calibre is the same.
Your suspicions appear to be correct. According to Babcock's website, KENT's refit was due to include:

...the fit of Sonar 2087, the tactical variable depth active and passive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system, will involve significant structural modifications to the aft end of the ship. Further major upgrades will include the new DNA(2) Command System (central to the ship's fighting capability against air, surface and underwater threats); the SeaWolf mid-life update (SWMLU) comprising tracking, guidance and weapon management upgrades to counter evolving anti-ship missile threats; the 4.5 Mk8 Mod1 gun replacement; and new 30mm automatic gun fit. HMS Kent will also receive the new Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)) system, enabling information sharing and collaborative working across the defence sector network.

Additional notable upgrades include the 'globalisation' of the ship's entire ventilation system (involving a re-design of the air conditioning system for operation in extreme ambient temperatures); an upgrade to the high pressure air system (which will provide flexibility of supply); and the fit of an electro-catalytic chlorination system to provide safe and effective control of fouling and corrosion in sea water cooling circuits, which will in turn ensure unrestricted flow of cooling water helping to extend the life of affected equipment, optimise engine efficiency and aid efficient fuel consumption, and optimise air conditioning capacity.

These are among a total of 19 alterations and additions (A&As) that Babcock will be undertaking, which also include NATO radial filters to protect fresh air supplies from contamination, and a sophisticated incident detection system, the Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence Incident Surveillance System, as well as a galley equipment upgrade and habitability improvements, among others. These upgrades will be undertaken alongside a full programme of deep maintenance including structural repairs, renewal of hull coatings, and refurbishment and maintenance of all the ship's systems and equipment...
 

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