Everyone should feel justifiably proud of their individual and collective efforts as the Fort Victoria rejoins the Fleet refreshed, renewed and resplendent

Captain Shaun Jones RFA, Commanding Officer of RFA Fort Victoria

Both Fort Vic’s main engines received a makeover, as did other machinery, pumps and pipework, new fire-detecting and -fighting systems were installed, living quarters refurbished, the weapons and sensors driving them were all completely overhauled, and all 669ft of the hull received a blasting, followed by a fresh lick of paint.

“It is hard to underestimate the scale of this job,” said Cammell Laird’s project director Spencer Atkinson.

“It has certainly been the most challenging to date and required all the lessons we have learned working with the RFA under the cluster contract. Completing this refit is a formidable achievement for the yard and everyone involved.”

"Fort Victoria's refit has been an immense project that will guarantee at least another 15 years of service to the RN and wider defence. The co-operation between all the various Naval agencies, contractors, suppliers and Cammell Laird has been to the highest order and testament to hugely improved upkeep policies adopted in recent years," said the ship's Commanding Officer Capt Shaun Jones RFA.

"Everyone should feel justifiably proud of their individual and collective efforts as the Fort Victoria rejoins the Fleet refreshed, renewed and resplendent."

Pictures: Capt Shaun Jones RFA