HMS Montrose has passed through the Panama Canal on her way to the Pacific Ocean.
Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose, Commander Conor O’Neill, said:
“Transiting the Panama Canal is another significant milestone on our global deployment and it was a great experience for all of us. Thanks to the hard work of all on board, the transit went very smoothly.”
The Type 23 Frigate is 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.