The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose set sail from Her Majesty’s Naval Base in Devonport, Plymouth, this week for the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin, where she will take part in counter-piracy operations.
|Family and friends wave to the crew of HMS Montrose as the ship leaves HM Naval Base Devonport |
Source: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Hooper, Ministry of Defence, UK
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The ship will join a NATO-led task group engaged in counter-piracy in the region. The Type 23 frigate will also be employed in general maritime security operations, all the while remaining ready for any other crisis response tasking that may be required at any time.
The ship’s crew also comprises a team of Royal Marines experienced in using the full range of her counter-piracy capabilities, including the ship’s Lynx helicopter and rigid inflatable boats.
This deployment marks a major milestone for HMS Montrose and crew, following an extensive refit period last year and several weeks of challenging operational sea training. The refit and intensive training has prepared both the ship and her crew for the deployment, ensuring they are ready for whatever they may face over the coming months.
The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Jonathan Lett, said:
“With the refit and extensive training, the ship’s company have spent most of this year preparing for this deployment. Every member of my team is well-prepared and very well-trained for the potential challenges ahead and they are looking forward to the chance to make a difference in the region.”
Commissioned by Lady Edith Rifkind in 1992, HMS Montrose has a crew of 174 officers and ratings and is equipped with the latest weapons, sensors and communication systems, including the air defence Seawolf missile system, a 4.5 inch (114.3mm) gun, anti-submarine torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a Lynx helicopter.
Ministry of Defence, UK