Working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence at Devonport, Babcock provides through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment as part of our continuing commitment to support our nation’s naval capability.

Devonport is a busy operational, training and support base for both submarines and surface ships including visiting international naval vessels. The Base is the home port for all ships in the Royal Navy (RN) amphibious fleet, half of the RN frigate fleet and a number of RN submarines and survey vessels.  Devonport is also home to Royal Navy Sea Training (FOST) and Royal Marine Commando and its craft.

Babcock’s facilities at Devonport include the UK’s sole licensed site for the refitting and refuel/defuel of nuclear-powered submarines, where Trafalgar and Vanguard-Class submarines undergo major refits and upgrades. 

Babcock also has docks, including a dedicated, covered Frigate Support Centre, where we maintain, refit, convert and modernise sophisticated modern surface warships. Complex systems are removed, overhauled, tested and installed with the support of on-site workshops. As well as planned major refit and modernisation projects, that take vessels out of service, we provide considerable in-service engineering maintenance support including a rapid reaction team to deal with issues that may arise on operational warships anywhere in the world.

Babcock provides a complete, value for money, Naval Base Management service to support all activities on the site: from the provision of all waterfront services, through the management of extensive above and below ground infrastructure and plant, to the control and supply of utilities and logistics. This involves the operation, maintenance and renewal of both historic and modern highly complex systems and infrastructure to the highest modern standards and regulatory control.