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HMS Montrose (F236)
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Montrose (F236)
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: July 1988
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 1 November 1989
Launched: 31 July 1992
Commissioned: 2 June 1994
Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
Motto: Mare ditat rosa decorat
Latin: "The sea enriches and the rose adorns"
Status: in active service, as of 2010
Badge: Montrose Badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: 'Duke'-class Type 23 frigate
Displacement: 4,900 tonnes
Length: 133 m (463 ft 3 in)
Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)
Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: CODLAG (Combined Diesel-eLectric And Gas)
2 × Rolls-Royce Spey boost gas-turbines
4 × Paxman Valenta diesel engines
2 × GEC electric motors
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
15 knots (28 km/h) on diesel-electric
Range: 7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 185


Aircraft carried:
  • 1 x Lynx HMA.Mk3/8 or Merlin HM.Mk 1 helicopter.

Armed with

  • anti submarine torpedoes
  • anti ship missiles

The second and current HMS Montrose (F236) is the eighth of a sixteen ship class of frigates, known as Type 23 or the Duke class, of the Royal Navy. She was laid down in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde. She was launched by Mrs M L Rifkind, wife of the then Secretary of State for Defence Sir Malcolm Rifkind on 31 July 1992 and commissioned in June 1994 at Devonport Dockyard.

Montrose is attached to the Devonport Flotilla, based in Plymouth.[3]


Service in 1990s

The ship was under the command of the husband of The Princess Royal, Captain Timothy Laurence from 27 August 1996. Laurence was appointed to command of Montrose, and as captain of Plymouth-based F6, a squadron of five frigates. Until October 1996 the ship was in the South Atlantic, on Falkland Islands patrol.

Montrose has visited the city of Dundee on many occasions. Her visits include Easter 1997 and 6–9 November 1998 (for a Dundee navy day and Armistice Day commemorations) when she was accompanied by various warships from European countries including: Norwegian minesweeper, N 52 KNM Vidar, Norwegian minesweeper, KNM Maloy, Dutch minesweeper, M 860 Hr. Ms. Schiedam, Belgian minesweeper, M 917 BNS Crocus, the Sandown class minehunter HMS Cromer (M103) and the German minesweeper, F45 FGS Volkingen.[4]

HMS Montrose attended the 28–30 August 1999 Bank Holiday Navy Days at HMNB Devonport, moored along with Sutherland, Somerset, Monmouth, Sheffield, Manchester, Illustrious, Campbeltown, Trafalgar, Triumph and Argus.

Service in early 2000s

In early 2002, while on Atlantic Patrol (South), divers from Montrose replaced the White Ensign on Antelope, which was sunk during the Falklands War. Montrose was later relieved by the destroyer Newcastle, and once the frigate returned to Britain from the deployment, she was placed in extended refit, which was completed in early January 2004 and undertook a diverse array of extensive training. In July Montrose arrived in Zeebrugge, Belgium to take part in the Belgian Navy Days. The following month Montrose took part in the Navy Days at Devonport Dockyard.

2004 Chicoutimi Incident

In October 2004, Montrose was one of a number of a ships that was dispatched to the rescue of the stricken Canadian submarine HMCS Chicoutimi which had suffered a number of fires onboard, causing casualties and the loss of power in the submarine. She had only been handed over to the Canadian Navy a week prior to the incident and was the last of the four ex-Royal Navy Upholder class submarines to be transferred to Canadian service and was on her way from Faslane Naval Base to Canada. Montrose was the first Royal Navy vessel to make contact with the boat and assisted the submarine.[5][6]

9 October 2004 saw HMS Montrose visit Dundee for a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of Admiral Adam Duncan.[7] The event had been postponed by defence cuts and the rescue (see above) would also have meant Montrose could not have attended earlier.

4 June 2005 saw Montrose visit Dundee again, at the end of a 16-month period testing an equipment trial with new weapons and sensor systems.[8] During the two-day visit the ship was opened up for the public.[9]

2006 saw HMS Montrose in the Persian Gulf, assisting in Operation 'Telic'.[10] 9 November 2006 saw HMS Montrose visit Dundee, Scotland for four days, covering the Remembrance Sunday memorial service. During the visit the crew fielded teams to play football, hockey and rugby against various teams, including some from Morgan Academy, Dundee.[11]

2007 deployment: Operation Active Endeavour

8 January 2007 saw Montrose deploy for 7 months to the Mediterranean[12]. During this time she was the UK's addition to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). As part of this group, she was a part of NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour (OPAE), countering terrorist activity in the Med and preventing smuggling of illegal immigrants and other illegal activity.[13][14] During this deployment, Montrose rescued 11 Turkish seamen from their small boats after their own ship had sunk.[15] Montrose returned home to HMNB Devonport on July 27 2007.[16]

Prince Michael of Kent, the Honorary Rear Admiral (Royal Naval Reserve), visited HMS Montrose on 24 September 2007 as part of the Prince's visit to Scotland to observe the Exercise Neptune Warrior. During the exercise, the ship was acting as Hibernian Naval Ship Montrose. The task was to defend the territorial waters of "Hibernia" from the forces of "Albinistan".[17]

2008 deployment: Combined Task Force 150 anti-drug operations

12 March 2008 saw HMS Montrose, under Commander Andy Hogben, deploy to the Middle East from HMP Devonport. Montrose had been tested shortly beforehand by the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) team to ensure the crew of Montrose were up for active deployment. Scenarios included in the testing were: Protecting oil platforms from insurgents, rescuing asylum seekers, boarding Dhows, fighting off attacks from aircraft, ships and small, fast boats and providing humanitarian aid following a ‘typhoon’ which hit the exercise mock village at Devonport.[18]

After the delayed deployment, originally scheduled for 7 March 2008, Montrose was forced to endure sea state of 6/7 on her voyage to Gibraltar. Once the weather improved an improvised game of deck hockey was played using a ball made from black masking tape and rags. The delay in arrival meant that the crew were unable to undergo the 'Rock Race', however this was planned for later on in the deployment. Flag Officer Sea Training re-embarked for further testing before HMS Argyll handed over duties to the Montrose near to Malta. next the ship visited Soudha Bay, Crete for a refuelling stop before the Lynx helicopter performed live fire depth charge drops.[19]

By April 2008, HMS Montrose was firmly a part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, in the Gulf of Aden. The Royal Marines and Lynx helicopter (nicknamed 'Rattler') have been busy during this time. Montrose also underwent a logistics replenishment at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.[20]

Whilst HMS Montrose was operating with HMS Chatham, HMS Edinburgh and RFA Argus in the region known as the 'Hash Highway', over 23 tonnes of drugs including cocaine, hashish, amphetamines and opiates were seized by fast-rope helicopter boardings.[21]

3 October 2008 saw HMS Montrose return home to 600 family and friends awaiting alongside at Devonport naval base.[22][23]

In November 2008, HMS Montrose visited her home town of Montrose, Angus. Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville took the salute and members of the public were allowed to look around her afterwards. Cadets of T.S. Duncan, Dundee, had voyaged up to Montrose onboard the Type 23 frigate.[24][25]

2009 refit

HMS Montrose is now in Babcock’s dockyard for a £15M upkeep which will see a major capability upgrade for the ship with the first fitting of the Royal Navy’s newest command system, DNA(2). The Command System is equivalent to the ship’s “brain”, central to the ship’s fighting capability,[26] and the replacement of the two old DS30B 30mm guns with two DS30M 30mm guns.[2] The DS30M "integrates an off-mount electro-optical director (EOD) with a fully automated 30 mm gun mount".[27]

The ship's company came aboard July 20th. After 9 months of refit Capt Mc Barnet RN conducted the Ready For Sea inspection on September 9th 2009.Seven weeks of trials were next on the agenda. [28]

Sept 29th saw the Lynx Mark 8 arrive onboard from 815 squadron. October 1st saw Aviation and Readiness checks with a Crash-on-Deck exercise. The ship's company passed the tests and Montrose was certified flight ready. [29]

Commander Jonathan Lett assumed command December 2009.

Deployment 2010

January 28th 2010 saw HMS Montrose celebrating Burns Night, delayed by three days due to commitments. All of the traditions were upheld including the parading of the Haggis, the poetry of Robert Burns and the required drinking of whisky and Montrose's own labelled wine. [30]

February 11th 2010 saw HMS Montrose deemed to be in a satisfactory material condition . As a result Montrose was formally accepted back in to the Fleet by Naval Command. Next on the agenda are the BOST assessments by the Flag Officer Sea Training staff.




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  2. ^ a b Warship Technology, March 2009.
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  4. ^ "Dundee Docks naval visitors page.". 
  5. ^ "HELP ON HAND FOR CANADIAN SUBMARINE.". Royal Navy. 2004-10-08. 
  6. ^ "HMCS CHICOUTIMI SUMMARY.". Royal Navy. 2004-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Naval hero Admiral Duncan celebrated.". Dundee Courier. 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2004-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Non stop action for Montrose.". Royal Navy. 2005-06. 
  9. ^ "Chance to see warship up close.". Dundee Courier. 2005-06-26. 
  10. ^ "HMS Montrose In The Gulf.". Royal Navy. 2006-02-20. 
  11. ^ "Chance to step aboard Royal Navy frigate.". Dundee Courier. 2006-11-10. 
  12. ^ "South West Royal Navy Warship Leaves for Meditteranean.". Royal Navy. 2007-01-10. 
  13. ^ "Montrose starts the long journey home.". Royal Navy. 2006-04-10. 
  14. ^ "HMS Montrose Home From Gulf Patrol.". Royal Navy. 2006-04-25. 
  15. ^ "Royal Navy Warship Rescues Turkish Sailors.". Royal Navy. 2007-04-24. 
  16. ^ "Emotional Welcome Home for HMS Montrose.". Royal Navy. 2007-07-27. 
  17. ^ "Royal Visitor for Exercise Neptune Warrior.". Royal Navy. 2007-09-28. 
  18. ^ "HMS Montrose Sails on Middle East Deployment.". Royal Navy. 2008-03-06. 
  19. ^ "Montrose Heads For the Middle East and Warmer Weather.". Royal Navy. 2008-03-25. 
  20. ^ "Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).". Royal Navy. 2008-04-22. 
  21. ^ "South West Royal Navy Ships Seize 23 Tonnes of Drugs in Gulf.". Royal Navy. 2008-07-13. 
  22. ^ "Plymouth Warship Returns from Major Anti-Drug Smuggling Success.". Royal Navy. 2008-10-01. 
  23. ^ "Plymouth Warship Home to Warm Welcome after Anti-Drugs Success.". Royal Navy. 2008-10-03. 
  24. ^ "Montrose’s Affiliated Warship Sails In For A Weekend Visit.". Royal Navy. 2008-11-07. 
  25. ^ "HMS Montrose Is Welcomed Home.". Royal Navy. 2008-11-17. 
  26. ^ "Navy Frigate to Get New Electronic 'Brain'.". Royal Navy. 2009-01-14. 
  27. ^ Scott, Richard, ASCG enhances Type 23 close-in defence, International Defence Review, 30 October 2007.
  28. ^ "HMS Montrose ready for sea". Royal Navy. 2009-09-09. 
  29. ^ "HMS Montrose spreads her wings and prepares to fly". Royal Navy. 2009-10-09.!. 
  30. ^ "Keeping Burns Alight". Royal Navy. 2010-02-11. 
  • HMS Montrose Type 23 Frigate guide. Directorate of Public Relations (Royal Navy). Printed in UK for HMSO by Roman Press Ltd, Bournemouth. Crown Copyright 1995, London.
  • Devonport Navy Days guide 1999

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