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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.
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
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
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