HMS Montrose has been reunited with another Type 23 Frigate, the former HMS Marlborough, now in Chilean service.

According to a Royal Navy news release:

“Marlborough, now flying the Chilean flag as Almirante Condel, was one of four vessels which linked up with the Plymouth-based warship as they made for the port of Valparaíso, hosting the bicentennial events. The second Gulf War veteran was sold to Chile with HM Ships Grafton and Norfolk – all of which continue to serve in the South American navy.

Montrose, which is heading for Bahrain ‘the wrong way around the world’ (crossing the Atlantic and Pacific) to begin a three-year mission in the Middle East, met up with Almirante Condel, American assault ship USS Somerset, destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer and a second Chilean frigate, CNS Capitan Prat.”

The Type 23 Frigate is on her way to be forward-deployed in the Middle East. According to the Royal Navy, the vessel will be based in the region for more than three years, although her ship’s company will rotate to the vessel and home again beginning in Spring 2019.

“This forward-deployment serves two purposes – to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Gulf while also ensuring those on board can enjoy more stability in their home lives.”

In a release, the Royal Navy say that Montrose will deploy for ‘defence engagement activity’ and maritime security operations prior to arriving at the newly-opened UK Naval Support Facility in Bahrain.


  1. Disgusting.

    One of Browns 2004 “New Chapter to the SDSR” cuts.

    31 escorts down to 25.

    3 T42 and 3 T23 lost.

    Escort force slid to 23 after once the 8 vowed T45 became 6 and the last 42s left service.

    8 Astutes also became 7 at that time.

    Ironic that the 2 45s were culled to bring forward the T26.
    Itself now cut and stretched, deliberately, out into the 2030s.

    This is how HMG operate with the military.

    Not all of us are as ignorant as joe public to know what’s going on.

      • I know. And that negates my comment how exactly?

        Or maybe I should just say terribly sorry I should have written uninformed Joe public as opposed to informed with a keen interest who reads and studies Joe public in myself.

        You really have issues with non military here don’t you?

        Thanks for flagging your issues but also my not explaining EXACTLY what I meant.

        I think I have cleared it up now….

        Deary me.

      • Maybe not but HMG said there would be.

        They are judged by what they promise and the end result.

        Like leaving the Single and Customs markets in their manifesto’s for example?

      • to joe public it means little, its only when the bullets fly does joe public even spare a thought for the flawed and politically inept gerrymandering for some parties own aspirations and little else.

    • It should be millitary Loving people running the UK government not liberal twats!… We never ever hear about what new prime ministers are going to do to help our millitary and make us stronger! No Elected MPs talk about it either. why can’t we get our parliament to include our millitray into elections just like the dam NHS gets included and that costs far far more!!!…

    • Daniele – on reflection,the New Carriers were on the horizon,would it not have been the case that the RN were encouraged (forced) to do a bit of pruning and housekeeping to guarantee funding to get the Carrier Programme off the ground ?

      • Hi Paul.

        Quite possibly. I’m looking at the wider picture of never ending cuts from the 1998 SDSR to 2010, in which the New Chapter of 2004 in which the public were invited to contribute ( and I did ) was a part.

        Brown as Chancellor cutting the helicopter budget was another calamity, people seem to forget the RN was to get the SABR – Support Amphibious Battlefield Rotorcraft, to replace the 35 Sea King Commando HC4’s with the CHF.

        They ended up with 25 Merlin transferred from the RAF instead of new aircraft. Whenever I mention that some here then say the RAF did not like Merlin anyway, but that is beside the point.

  2. Old ships!
    I paid her off and did the last closing down inspection as she was decommissioned , the RN crew left, we shut the doors and gave the keys to BAe.

  3. “The second Gulf War veteran ”

    Yes she was . . On the gunline shelling the AL Faw. The thanks from 148 where glowing commending accuracy and response to calls for fire.

    However she never received any battle honours.
    Ocean got them for flying helos full of Booties off the flight deck but not Marlborough who actually put ordinance down on targets.
    we believed at the time it would have been somewhat embarrassing to the MOD to announce the awarding of honours to a vessel that was about to be sold.

  4. Just another perfectly seaworthy vessel given away via the shopping channel or should that be the shipping channel?
    Large G&T’s no doubt at the MOD and FO for another piece of cut price UK warships PLC. Apply within. HMS Ocean? Sorry already gone guv. Amphibious assault ship?
    Come in and shut the door! £5m? Done. As are the UK public time and time again

  5. i understand than you guys dont wanna sell ships, the MOD has been cut the RN money for decades, and dont have enough sailors, thats a shame, and i believe you need a strong navy.

    but, at least sell the t23s to us, the chileans, allies of britain for 200 years, and a country with the best reserve of water, minerals, solar energy, and guardians of the gates of antartica, is the best destiny for this ships. the RN also come to chile to execise and learn how we operate the t23s in our dificults seas, and we have some very usefull exchanges in technology.

    the chilean navy is the best in south america (also our air force and army), our t23s are in perfect condition, and in this days of chinese menace are and important asset for NATO and britain.

    • I like Chille, it’s a great British Friend, and Chille should buy more British Millitary equipment. But Yeah we only have 30,000 in the Royal Navy now and 7,500 are Marines. and our government don’t mind selling our ships, they have sold or scrapped so many over the years, granted they do replace them with more capable and allot bigger ships but less of them!., but once our new type 26 frigates and 31s are built the Royal Navy will have the most modern aircraft carrier battle group on earth (and navy) and second strongest battle group after USA. We will have new modern destroyers, frigates, submarines and new supply ships and aircraft carriers along with brand new stealth aircraft. And we are building new solid suport ships soon to also suport the fleet and have just built 5 OPVs, and have started building 4 17.400ton nuclear ballistic missile submarines. So we will still have one of the best navy’s on earth but just smaller..

      • I agree with what you have to say Cam, but, in some situations the term “Quantity has a quality all of its own” very much applies. Such as in a major shooting war against a first tier enemy. Losing “just” (God help me) 10 battle line ships in such a scenario would devastate the RN. As small as the USN has been allowed to shrink, it would take the loss of ~ 70 battle force ships to have the same impact on the fleet (well within the realm of probability unfortunately).

        The RN needs double the escort fleet and at least 12 SSNs to meet such a scenario. I realize that is improbable money wise but lack of budget doesn’t translate into lack of requirements… As has often been noted here. The UK is the 5th largest economy in the world. If the political will were there, the funds WOULD be found.



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