The vessels have an array of modern weaponry mounted on welded deck structures. The welding operation causes these base structures to distort and the Metalock Engineering Group’s brief was to in-situ machine the faces of each seating true and level to the ship’s datum point, which was established when the keel was laid. Metalock’s contract was on the basis of previous work with VTS in the UK and its ability to complete projects on time and within budget.
Using alignments from the ship’s datum the Metalock Engineering Group set up portable milling machinery and repositioned as necessary to machine 30mm port and starboard seats for the two Oto Breda 30mm guns, Exocet surface-to-surface missile forward and aft launcher ramps, Ramsys GMWS Mk31 surface-to-air missile seat, Sting Eo director seat, MW08 radar pedestal, Mirador seat, Scout and port and starboard TDS seatings.
These operations on the first three vessels will be repeated on two further vessels under construction at the Elefsis shipyard in co-operation with VTS and its wholly-owned Greek subsidiary VT Hellas SA.