Montrose is the fourth Royal Navy ship inside 12 months to visit the Japanese city.

In a news release, the Royal Navy say that The Plymouth-based frigate is enjoying six days at Harumi Wharf about three miles from the city centre.

“A large welcoming party from Japanese sailors greeted the Type 23, fresh from working with the US Navy on maritime security operations in the South China Sea, and Commanding Officer Commander Conor O’Neill thanked his hosts for their hospitality by handing over a mounted crest to the Port Authority.

Montrose follows her sister HMS Sutherland (last April), HMS Albion (last summer) and, most recently, HMS Argyll, in Tokyo over the New Year period. Like her predecessors she’s conducting exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force – she’s berthed next to the destroyer Murasame at Harumi – and the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, the latest workout involving the three allied navies. Such joint operations are intended to generally support peace in the western Pacific Rim and specifically to put pressure on North Korea and Pyongyang’s illegal nuclear programme.”

The Type 23 frigate is in the final stages of a journey to Bahrain where she’ll be based for up to three years, with crew being replaced every four months to sustain her long-term presence.


  1. I see the Japanese have just purchased the Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for their F-35 s.

    The JSM, co-developed by U.S. defense contractor Raytheon and Kongsberg, is a fifth-generation long-range sea- and land-target cruise missile specifically designed to fit inside the F-35’s weapons bay. Each F-35 can carry two JSMs internally. It can reportedly also be carried by Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. The JSM is designed for medium-range anti-ship and land attack missions and can “take on high value, heavily defended targets,” according to Raytheon. “The long standoff range (distance from the aircraft to the target) ensures that the aircraft and pilots remain out of harm’s way.”

    • Silly Japs, they need to learn from us how to huff & puff & kick such sensible decisions down the road for decades to allow lovely capability gaps to leave their country weak & vulnerable. We’ll show them….

      Our governments haven’t been fit for purpose for decades.

  2. Did anyone see the crowds of civilians who flocked to visit her over the weekend?

    And there are those that say people across the world no longer value and respect Britain. A load of tosh.

    • It’s only our politicians they don’t respect so we clearly have almost seamless mutual respect around the world as we have do much in common.

      • Precisely.

        I lived in Japan for many years, and they have great respect for the UK.

        Much more so than the shaved baboons that infest our Houses of Parliament, who would sell us down the river for anything.

        • “Much more so than the shaved baboons that infest our Houses of Parliament, who would sell us down the river for anything”

          David, that’s a horrible and hateful thing to say, Baboons everywhere will be horrified at being compared with our Parliamentarians!

  3. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India would make good allies if we needed some extra escorts for the CBG in the East.

    If the Chinese decided to warm things up, they’d find alot of nations united against them, nevermind the U.S…

  4. They do very good comics….

    They are also very good at polite, even if they cant stand the sight of you….

    Oh yes and a slightly more that average propensity to violence if pushed….

    sound familiar?


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