pecialist marine engine supplier James Troop has received a special presentation from the Royal Navy’s Northern England and Isle of Man commander for its outstanding work on seven Mine Hunter vessels.

Commodore Gary Doyle presented an MCM1 (Mine Counter Measures squadron 1) crest and ceremonial photographs to Bob Troop, chairman and managing director of the Runcorn firm at the Royal Navy Regional Headquarters in Sefton Street.

Troop, a family-run firm which is one of the oldest in the maritime industry, undertook a £2m deal to replace and commission the Volvo Penta engines and generator sets on seven Royal Navy Sandown class mine hunters.

In total, Troop supplied 25 engines and generators – three sets for each vessel – one for training and three on stand-by.

The work, including training naval personnel on engine maintenance, took place at bases in the UK and the Gulf.

Commodore Doyle said: “It is a great pleasure to present this crest and ceremonial photographs to James Troop in recognition of its tremendous work on the mine hunter vessels.

“This work is crucial given the important nature and the world leading capability the RN’s mine counter measures force brings to current operations in the Middle East.

“It is especially pleasing that the Royal Navy is working with a long-established Liverpool family business which is brilliant for the local economy here in the home city of the North of England and Isle of Man Naval Regional Headquarters.”

Bob Troop, who is the great, great grandson of company founder James Troop who established the firm as a ship repairer in Liverpool in 1867, said: “We made an absolute commitment to the Royal Navy to deliver the highest possible standards of engines, training and, going forward, technical and spare parts support.

“We have especially enjoyed organising and running the training programme for naval staff at our Runcorn base.

“This has enabled us to really get to know the teams operating the equipment. By building this rapport and understanding we can operate more efficiently, constantly improving the standard of service for the Royal Navy.”

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