In 2006 it was decided to regenerate the ex LSL Sir Tristram for a new role as a special forces training platform to replace the aged Rame Head and relocate the facility from Portsmouth Harbour to Portland in Dorset under a project name of Project Newman. A&P were awarded the contract to regenerate the vessel for the new role with the work being done in A&P Falmouth on behalf of MPH IPT.
This last of the RFA Sir Class Landing Ship Logistics was replaced by the introduction of the new LSD(A) Bay Class and was retired from RFA service in 2006. As the vessel structure remains very sound the vessel was ideally suited to further use as a static training vessel.
The A&P project work awarded following a major UK based competition included :