Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose today celebrates 1,000 days in the Gulf keeping sea lanes open and tackling drug smugglers.

The Royal Navy said in a news release that the frigate and her 200 sailors and Royal Marines have “provided a constant presence by a major Royal Navy warship in the Middle East since April 11 2019, working with other British and allied vessels to safeguard shipping, keep sea lanes open and stop trafficking”.

Operating out of Bahrain – where the facilities and personnel of the UK Naval Support Facility, which opened in 2018, are key to sustaining basing Royal Navy ships in the Gulf – in her 1,000 days in theatre Montrose has:

  • Sailed 163,000 Nautical miles – equal to more than 7.5 time around the globe
  • Accompanied 112 vessels through the Strait of Hormuz
  • Seized over 6½ tonnes of illegal narcotics (734kg heroin, 500kg meth, 5,533kg hash), denying funding to criminal/terrorist organisations
  • Received 6,750 bags of mail
  • Served over 28,000 portions of fish and chips for Friday lunches
  • Consumed over 300,000 sausages, which laid end-to-end would be 31 times taller than Big Ben’s clock tower

Commodore Ed Ahlgren, Commander UK Maritime Component Command, senior Royal Navy officer in the Middle East said:

“I am delighted to mark 1000 days of HMS Montrose in theatre. She has had many successes whilst in the region, including narcotics seizures and maintaining free and safe passage for shipping around three of the busiest trade chokepoints in the world. Montrose and her crews should be proud of what they have achieved.”

According to the news release:

“Montrose was in the vanguard of a programme to deploy major Royal Navy warships around the world for several years at a time. Patrol ships have since been committed to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and, most recently, Asia-Pacific region on extended missions.

The initiative spares ships the long journey home to the UK every six or so months, with maintenance being carried out wherever the vessels are operating, and some – or, in the case of Montrose, all – crew changing every few months.”

Commander Claire Thompson, Commanding Officer of Montrose’s Starboard Crew who are in charge of the ship until spring said:

“I am immensely proud of what both crews have achieved during the past three years. Our enduring presence in this region has shown the commitment the UK has to ensure the stability and security of the Gulf region along with our allies. This couldn’t be achieved without the commitment of our personnel and their support from their families back home.”

HMS Montrose returns home later in 2022.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Ian M
Ian M
3 months ago

The Royal Navy’s fascination with the length of sausages is interesting.

David Barry
David Barry
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian M

Quite, how much electricity was consumed by ipads and iphones – we need to know!

David Steeper
David Steeper
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian M

Ok you need to stop this isn’t that kind of site. 😐

Ian M
Ian M
3 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

At 316′ or 96m that’s 9,796 feet of bangers which averages out at approximately 5″ per banger (pretty measly).  :wpds_smile: 

Matt
Matt
3 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

RU sure?

It passes for erotica.

Jon
Jon
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian M

In related news: Transport for London have donated the Standard London Bus to the London Transport Museum. The Routemaster RM, from which all tabloid length comparisons derive, will be kept in an evacuated dome to ensure the continuing precision of the length that now excludes the wad of chewing gum attached to the bumper since 1994. A spokesman for TfL denied that it was simply too dangerous for them to house the bus following last year’s chip riots, when fisticuffs erupted over whether the chips in the Standard Fish Supper should be fried in oil or lard. “If it was… Read more »

David Steeper
David Steeper
3 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Hey hey are you talking about Yorkies cos if you are .. Well yeah fair enough. By the way oil is for wimps and southerners !

Joe16
Joe16
3 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

Best fish and chips I ever had was in the north east at an industrial museum called Beamish. Old Victroian era chippie reconditioned, coal fired and everything cooked in beef dripping. Absolutely amazing.
As a southerner with northern heritage, I can never look at London fish and chips the same way again.

David Steeper
David Steeper
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe16

Spot on. Fish n Chips the old fashioned way is unhealthy so it should be a treat not a staple. 😀

Ian M
Ian M
3 months ago
Reply to  Jon

I heard that the French wouldn’t let the Standard Routemaster become an SI unit!

Paul42
Paul42
3 months ago

After such an achievement she will return home later in 2022 and be decommissioned and scrapped……

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

Which GP23 will take her place in role?

Challenger
Challenger
3 months ago

Think it will be HMS Lancaster. Montrose is being scrapped to avoid LIFEX but I guess it’s swings and roundabouts as some of the other T23’s will soldier on for longer than planned to (hopefully) keep 17 escorts as the rock bottom number before the fleet begins to grow around 2027 with the new classes.

Paul T
Paul T
3 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

HMS Montrose has been through LIFEX,she was one of the first to do so.

James Fennell
James Fennell
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Yes but she didn’t get the power upgrade and she has been worked much harder than the others – so probably a good decision for her to go first – otherwise she would need a major refit and powerplant upgrade to get a few more months of service.

Last edited 3 months ago by James Fennell
Challenger
Challenger
3 months ago
Reply to  James Fennell

Thanks James. I forgot she’d been through LIFEX but towards the beginning of the program. As you say she’s been worked hard and the trade-off is extending other T23’s in service to ensure 17 escorts are available.

julian1
julian1
3 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Montrose had LIFEX already – seems odd to decommission her on that basis. Is she totally, totally warn out or is it just to re-invest the £

julian1
julian1
3 months ago
Reply to  julian1

well explained by James above

Paul42
Paul42
3 months ago
Reply to  julian1

I remember Montrose coming out of a minor refit and going straight back in to LIFEX. She may need a maintenance period alongside but I wouldn’t have thought she was worn out by any means?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
3 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Right. Ta.

Richard B
Richard B
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

Montrose is almost certainly one of the two T23’s that HM Government is rumoured have offered to gift to Greece, as long as they buy 4 T31s from Babcock. France has claimed repeatedly since September 2021 that it had won the Greek frigate competition but apparently only a MOU was signed in December 2021, not a contract. So still a possbility of a last minute gazzump! To sweeten the deal even further, Babcock is now offering to build the ships at a Greek shipyard.

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
3 months ago

Given how busy the Straits of Hormuz are, escorting only 112 vessels, seems a bit on the low side !

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Forsyth

I think a zero might have gone stray?

Tomartyr
Tomartyr
3 months ago

I think the question the public will be asking is:”how many double decker buses worth of tea did the crew brew?”

public relations seems intent on making life in the RN seem even more mundane than civilian life.

Costello Gary
Costello Gary
3 months ago

BZ Oppos, Good Effort 🥃 Up Spirits. 🇬🇧🌍Salute ⚓

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
3 months ago

Wow that’s why they won’t come back.
Seized over 6½ tonnes of illegal narcotics (734kg heroin, 500kg meth, 5,533kg hash)
1000 days of party time 🥳

Tom Keane
Tom Keane
3 months ago

Snorkers … good-oh!

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
3 months ago

For most of the time out in the Gulf, Montrose has proven to be in a good condition. The Hull is sound. 2x new/refurbed fwd DG Sets installed. New radar turning unit, worn steel replaced when it’s required, decks and superstructure painted and maintained.
I wouldn’t be surprised if she is asked to continue on for a little longer than planned to fill in doing the GP role ( manpower dependent)

Lancaster will take over later in the year.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
3 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Sssssh

That is positive common sense stuff. Won’t be welcome to all ears!

I could see that given the delays to getting T45’s through the PIP program.

She is credible and she works.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
3 months ago

We where working on her before Christmas for a 4 week alongside maintenance period. She remained at 47 hours notice for see and had a lot of survey and corrective maintenance done, just as she would if alongside in GUZ.

She will probably get one more alongside maintenance period before heading home later on in the year.

Shea Philbin
Shea Philbin
3 months ago

The keel must need some attention at this stage !