Foxtrot back to glory

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Seawork exhibitors, Landau UK has won the contract from Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) to refit and refurbish one of the last remaining landing crafts, Foxtrot 8.

The vessel was used during the Falklands conflict and is currently housed in Boathouse 4 in the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, UK.

Landau UK delivers award winning installations, refits, remodelling and restoration of equipment and systems to all leisure and commercial marine vessels.

The Foxtrot 8 project is part of the PNBPT’s wider “Memorial Fleet” project. The Memorial Fleet project will create an operational Memorial Fleet of small historic craft which played a significant role in the defence of Britain from the WW I to the Falklands conflict.

Foxtrot 8 served aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS Fearless in the Falklands conflict in 1982, and landed 3 Commando Brigade at San Carlos Water, the notorious “bomb alley”, during the night of 21 May as part of Operation Sutton. 3 Commando Brigade, reinforced by 2 Para and 3 Para, then marched across East Falkland to Stanley. Foxtrot 8 can carry thirty five fully equipped Royal Marine Commandos or two Land Rovers and was one of four assault craft of this type that were carried on davits on HMS Fearless.

Commenting on this contract win, Ben Metcalfe, Chief Executive Officer at Landau UK said: "We are delighted to have secured this contract from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to bring this vessel of historical importance back to her former glory.  Landau UK has extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of vessels similar to the F8, and we feel that our proposal clearly demonstrated our approach to sympathetically restore her.  We are excited to be involved in this project and look forward to working with the Trust’s volunteers and Students of the International Boatbuilding Training College - Portsmouth (IBTC-P).”

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