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Sea Trials Begin On Romanian Type 22 Frigate

26 Jul 2004

Regele Ferdinand, one of two ex-Royal Navy Type 22 frigates being regenerated and updated for the Romanian Navy, has begun its sea demonstration period out of HM Naval Base, Portsmouth. BAE Systems is conducting the demonstrations as part of a 116 million contract with the UKs MoD, which covers the regeneration and update of the two frigates, as well as crew training and the provision of spares. The Romanian ship Regele Ferdinand will be officially named and commissioned at Portsmouth on 9th September 2004.

The sea trials, which will be carried out by BAE Systems Customer Solutions and Support over two weeks, are designed to demonstrate the operability of all systems and structures in the ship. The Regele Ferdinand departed Portsmouth and headed out past the Isle of Wight last week. It then sailed on to the South Devon coast to conduct high-speed trials reaching speeds of up to 28 knots, before returning for further demonstrations off the Portsmouth coast. All sensors and weapon systems are being tested, including the ships new 76mm gun.

Forty representatives from Romania are on board to witness the sea demonstrations. Also on board is the project team from Customer Solutions and Support, and a crew of 72 from BAE Systems Naval Ships organisation, together with 12 workers from Fleet Support Ltd (FSL), the joint venture company between BAE Systems and VT Group. FSL is providing maintenance support during the trials.

Tim Clark, Sea Trials Manager for Type 22 Romanian project from BAE Systems said: The Romanian Type 22 frigate project has highlighted our capability in warship modernisation. The sea demonstrations are a major milestone for the project team and are the culmination of a huge amount of preparation. Everyone is looking forward to a successful two weeks of sea trials.

Captain Sorin Learchi, the Romanian Commanding Officer designate for the ship said: The Regele Ferdinand will be a very welcome addition to the Romanian Navy and I will be delighted to take command of her in September.

The Regele Ferdinand was previously in service with the Royal Navy as HMS Coventry. It will be the first UK-built frigate to be owned by the Romanian Navy and will have a crew of 203. The second frigate, the Regina Maria, previously the HMS London, will be delivered in Spring 2005.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

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About Customer Solutions & Support:

Customer Solutions & Support (CS&S) employs around 15,000 people at over 40 locations and provides through-life support and services across the air, sea and land sectors. It carries out upgrades, maintenance, repair and overhaul of military systems. CS&S supports customers' capability in areas such as training; facilities management; spares and repairs; technical information services; manpower services; and supply chain and logistics management.

CS&S manages support and services programmes worldwide including a broad range of contracts in Australia and the key Saudi Arabian Al Yamamah programme. CS&S is also working closely with the UK Ministry of Defence to reduce the cost of support, upgrade and training - without compromising front-line capability.



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