Royal Navy’s new £15m barge arrives in Portsmouth

Typhoon 3000 Jack up barge The all-new Jack Up Barge in Portsmouth Dockyard

A strange green four-legged ‘monster’ has arrived in Portsmouth Naval Base to keep warships primed for front-line operations. It’s said the £15m ‘jack up barge’ – named Typhoon 3000 – will revolutionise the way the city’s extensive flotilla of ships, from Queen Elizabeth-class carriers to river-class patrol vessels, are maintained.

The arrival of the specialist vessel, made by Dutch company Ravestein, is the culmination of three months’ work between the Royal Navy and industry partners.

The barge has four moveable legs which extend to the seabed allowing its large working platform to be lifted out of the water, creating a stable platform from which to carry out repairs and lift up machinery.

Crucially, its arrival means that smaller vessels no longer need to go in the naval base’s frigate and destroyer docks during maintenance, freeing up valuable areas to carry out repairs and speeding up the complicated process of keeping ships ready for duty.

With its moveable platform able to lift to access points, it will also help support engineering work on the base’s two flagship aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth.

This will cancel out the need to turn the ships around while docked in Portsmouth, which is currently done – and is known as ‘wind ship’ – to gain access to the side of the ship facing away from land.

“The barge offers the naval base a clear uptick in its capability, to improve our ship availability and deliver covered ship repairs,” says naval base Commander, Commodore JJ Bailey.

The barge’s name is a nod to RMAS Typhoon, an oceangoing tug that was the first vessel to depart for the Falklands War in 1982. It has been named in the tug’s honour as part of the 40th anniversary of the conflict and will be officially named in a ceremony planned for 4 April, the same day the original Typhoon left Portland for the south Atlantic.

All images courtesy of the Royal Navy.

Comments are closed.

This article was written and/or edited by the UK-based MIN team.

Skip to content