The Type 23 Frigate encountered the 150,000-tonne ocean liner while conducting routine operations in the Gulf, say the Royal Navy.
HMS Montrose, as part of her routine duties, often escorts British merchant vessels through the Gulf after the seizing of the Stena Impero last year.
Aside from the Stena Impero incident when the vessel was seized by Iranian forces, the MoD said last year that Montrose alone was responsible for ensuring 60 British ships – carrying more than five million tonnes of oil, liquid natural gas, cars and other commodities – reached their destinations safely.
According to a news release:
“The frigate encountered the 150,000-tonne ocean liner while conducting routine operations in the Gulf and the while the Queen Mary 2 was on the latest leg of a 113-day round-the-world cruise which began and will end in New York and will continued via the Gulf to Sri Lanka, and beyond. Queen Mary 2 boasts 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, ballroom, theatre, and the even a planetarium serving 2,700 passengers, whose needs are met by 1,300 crew.
She is two and a half times the length of Montrose but what the frigate lacks in swimming pools, casinos, ballrooms, and theatres… she more than makes up with a state-of-the-art helicopter capable of tracking around 200 contacts simultaneously, anti-ship and anti-air missiles, and a 4.5 inch naval gun, plus she bristles with cutting-edge sensors – all in the hands of around 200 sailors and Royal Marines.”
The Royal Navy say that HMS Montrose is permanently deployed to the UK’s Naval Support Facility in Bahrain and run by two crews – one aboard, one back in Britain enjoying leave/undergoing training – allowing the Royal Navy to maintain a forward presence in the Middle East, rather than repeatedly deploying/bringing home a frigate to and from the region.