Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose has been officially welcomed back into front-line service at a rededication service held at HM Naval Base Devonport.
According to the Royal Navy, the rededication event marks the end of an extensive period of work in Devonport Naval Base. During the work package the ship received major upgrades and updates to the latest missile system, the Sea Ceptor surface to air missile, and to the ship’s command system and marine engineering plant.
Rear Admiral Chris Gardner, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships) addressed the ship’s company.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be here today representing the First Sea Lord to welcome Montrose back into the Fleet. Your tremendous hard work has brought this ship into fine shape. I wish you all safe passage as you move through to your next stage of training and work up into the Fleet.”
The Commanding Officer, Commander Conor O’Neil, said:
“After many months of hard work from both the ship’s company and our industrial partners, we are all very proud to show off HMS Montrose at her rededication to our chain of command, affiliates and families.”
The first HMS Montrose was commissioned on the 14th December 1919. Named after the 6th Duke of Montrose, who founded the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1903, she spent her first 10 years as part of the Mediterranean Fleet.