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McGeoch Lighting Stands the Test of Time in British Navy Frigate

Friday 2nd October 2015 Apart from the success of exhibiting at this year’s DSEi, the presence of HMS Iron Duke, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock alongside London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre, provided another focal point for McGeoch Technology. The British Navy’s Type 23 Frigate was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders and launched on 2nd March 1991. After successfully patrolling the world’s seas and oceans for the best part of 25 years, she is still in pretty good shape as our photograph (right) shows. Steeped in naval history as the third of its name – the original was a Dreadnaught Class Battleship and British Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s Flagship in the 1916 Battle of Rutland – the ship is extensively fitted with McGeoch Weatherdeck and Gangway Lighting and electrical systems which, like the vessel itself, have clearly stood the test of time. Of course, in 25 years, some of the internal components – lamp holders, glass lenses, etc – will have been replaced but the original castings bearing the name ‘McGEOCH’ remain firm and strong and continue to illuminate a safe path for sailors on the ship’s main decks and gangways. Their long, almost trouble-free service life is testament to the availability of ‘off-the-shelf’ spares from the company. HMS Iron Duke is 190m long and 9m at its widest point. She carries a number of weapons and sensors which make her a multi-purpose combat vessel. Like all Type 23’s, her original design role was anti-submarine warfare, but she can be employed in a variety of other tasks. She carries a Lynx Helicopter which can be used for anti-submarine and anti-surface roles as well as for humanitarian and search and rescue purposes. Iron Duke has intercepted several large consignments of illegal drugs being sent from the Caribbean to Europe, in many cases with the aid of embarked US Coastguard personnel. She was also involved in action off Libya in 2011 on her way back from a patrol in the Persian Gulf. More recently, Iron Duke has been the First of Class fit for the Royal Navy's new Type 997 Artisan 3D, successfully firing her missile system using the new radar combined with the updated 'SWMLU' Seawolf missile targeting system in the English Channel. McGeoch Legacy Originally established by William McGeoch as a brass founders in Glasgow in 1832, the company has been supplying marine lighting to the world’s navies since the early 1900’s. In more recent times, McGeoch has supplied lighting and electrical control equipment to the British Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyer, Astute Submarine and Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class Aircraft Carrier Projects and continues to build its reputation for quality, reliability and value-for-money total service in a wealth of worldwide naval projects. DSEi is held every two years and McGeoch Technology was exhibiting for the seventh time since their initial presence in 2001. The McGeoch Stand – Number S10/275 in the South Hall Naval Zone – was devoted to the company’s expertise in marine lighting and electrical control equipment including instrumentation panels, motor starter and drive panels and power distribution panels Right: McGeoch Weatherdeck and Gangway Lighting continue to illuminate a safe path for sailors on the ship’s for sailors on the main decks and gangways of HMS Iron Duke.
McGeoch Weatherdeck Lighting on HMS Iron Duke. McGeoch Gangway Lighting on HMS Iron Duke. HMS Iron Duke moored in London's Royal Victoria Dock for DSEI 2015.
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