Royal Navy Hydrographic Ship HMS ECHO undergoing maintenance at Queens Wharf, A&P Falmouth on October 22, 2012. She had recently completed a 19 month deployment in the Far East. According to an A&P Group press release the company is carrying out survey and maintenance works and and an upgrade of ship systems on behalf of BAE Systems. Plymouth based HMS ECHO is expected to remain at A&P Falmouth until the end of October 2012
HMS Echo was launched in 2002 as the first ship in her class and was commissioned by the Navy in 2003. Built in Appledore, Devonport-based Echo carries out survey operations and provides environmental information in support of submarines and amphibious operations. She can also serve as a platform for a Mine Counter Measures command team. Highlights of her most recent 19 month deployment in the Far East included discovering an underwater ‘mountain’ the size of Gibraltar in the Red Sea and being the first RN ship to visit Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.