The long laid-up Type 23 Frigate has now left the fleet leaving the Royal Navy with 12 frigates.
The information came to light in a response to a written question submitted in the House of Commons.
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded to a question about ship availability and stated:
“Twelve Type 23 frigates are included as HMS MONMOUTH left Royal Navy service on 30 June 2021.”
The frigate was prepared to go into refit in early 2019 whilst her ship’s company became the second crew of sister ship HMS Montrose which is forward-deployed to Bahrain and requires crews to rotate in and out as the vessel itself isn’t coming home until next year.
By the end of 2020 the ship was reported to have been stripped of weapons and sensors and laid up. In March this year it was announced that Monmouth as well as sister ship Montrose would be decommissioned earlier than planned as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Integrated Review.
“The Royal Navy will focus investment on improving the sustainability, lethality and availability of the fleet and delivering a more modern, high tech and automated Navy. To enable this, the Royal Navy will retire legacy capabilities including two of our oldest T23 frigates.”
We reported at the time that two of the oldest Type 23 Frigates were to be retired earlier than previously planned in order to fund other projects.