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HMS Monmouth (F235)

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Type 23 Frigate HMS Monmouth Sails for the Middle East MOD 45152712.jpg
HMS Monmouth, 2011
Name: HMS Monmouth
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: July 1988
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 1 June 1989
Launched: 23 November 1991
Commissioned: 24 September 1993
Refit: Major 2014–2015
Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
Motto: "Fear Nothing But God"
Nickname(s): "The Black Duke"[1]
Status: in active service
Hms Monmouth badge.gif
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 23 Frigate
Displacement: 4,900 t (4,800 long tons; 5,400 short tons)[2]
Length: 133 m (436 ft 4 in)
Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)
Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)
Speed: In excess of 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 7,500 nautical miles (14,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement: 185 (accommodates 205)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Anti-air missiles:
    • 1 × 32-cell Sea Wolf SAM
  • Anti-ship missiles:
    • 2 × quad Harpoon launchers
  • Anti-submarine torpedoes:
    • 2 × twin 12.75 in (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes
  • Guns:
    • 1 × BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun
    • 2 × 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns, or, 2 × 30 mm DS30B guns
    • 2 × Miniguns
    • 4 × General-purpose machine guns
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities:

HMS Monmouth is the sixth "Duke"-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She is the seventh ship to bear the name and was launched by Lady Eaton in 1991, being commissioned two years later.

Affectionately known as "The Black Duke", Monmouth is the only ship in service with the Royal Navy that has its name painted in black (all other RN vessels have their name in red) and flies a plain black flag in addition to the ensign. This is due to the dissolution of the title and the blacking out of the Coat of Arms of the Duke of Monmouth in 1685 following the Monmouth Rebellion against James II of England. As of 2018, Monmouth carries the most battle honours of any ship name currently serving in the Royal Navy.[3]

History 1993–2000

Monmouth visited Wellington in June 1995 in company with RFA Brambleleaf, the first UK or US warship to visit New Zealand since the 1985 ANZUS dispute.[4] Another "first" followed in 1999 as Monmouth became the first major Royal Navy vessel to visit Dublin since the 1960s.

In October 1997, Monmouth, in company with RFA Orangeleaf and French frigate Surcouf stood by off Pointe Noire in West Africa on Operation Kingfisher - in readiness for evacuation in the aftermath of the First Congo War.[5]

On 11 February 1998, Monmouth was ordered to stand by off Sierra Leone as part of Operation Resilient to provide humanitarian assistance during the Sierra Leone Civil War.

History 2001–2010

In early 2004 the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Patrol Task North. Between 2004 and 2006 she was commanded by Jerry Kyd. In 2006 Monmouth underwent operational sea training, conducted by Flag Officer Sea Training, in which she spent six weeks fighting off staged attacks by ships and submarines.

Monmouth returned to berth at her home port HMNB Devonport on 3 December 2007 having completed a circumnavigation of the globe, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii and taking part in a FPDA Exercise.

In 2008 she went into refit and in 2009 deployed to the Gulf, returning in April 2010.

On 27 May 2010, she escorted the fleet of "little ships" commemorating the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk on 27 May – 4 June 1940 of approximately 340,000 British and French soldiers, and one of the most celebrated military events in British history.

History 2011 onwards

Monmouth spent June 2011 in the Indian Ocean patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of the ongoing multi-national anti-piracy operations in the region. The deployment also saw her spend some time in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles where she took part in the islands' Independence celebrations.[6]

In February 2012, Monmouth began a six-week refit period at Devonport's frigate shed, following on from a seven-month deployment in the Indian Ocean which began in 2011. For the refit, the ship was taken out of the water into an enclosed dry-dock.[7]

In May 2013, she returned to her home port after a seven-month mission to the Gulf.[8] Monmouth also hosted an International Principal Warfare Officer's course in 2013.[9] She participated in Exercise Joint Warrior 2013.[10] From October 2013, Monmouth was operating in home waters as the Fleet Ready Escort.

In June 2015, Monmouth emerged from an 18-month refit in Devonport for sea trials[11] and made her first ever visit to Hamburg in December.[12]

In February 2016, Monmouth and her sister HMS Iron Duke participated in NATO exercise Dynamic Guard in Norwegian waters.[13] In August, Monmouth, in company with HMS Tyne and RFA Argus, anchored off Bournemouth for the town's annual air festival.[14] By September, she was exercising in Canadian waters and was involved in the rescue of an injured Canadian fisherman 100 miles east of Nova Scotia.[15]

In March 2017, Monmouth sailed from Devonport to relieve HMS Daring in the Gulf;[16] in May she was participating in Combined Task Force 150 when they stopped and searched a fishing boat in the Indian Ocean discovering 455 kg of cannabis and 266 kg of heroin.[17][18]

In June 2017, Monmouth's Wildcat rescued a crewman from the sunken merchant tanker Rama 2 and transferred them to RFA Cardigan Bay for treatment.[19] She returned to the UK in time for Christmas 2017.[20]

Monmouth was deployed on 23 August 2018 from Plymouth as escort for HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she sailed to the eastern seaboard of the United States for 'Westlant 18', during which the carrier conducted F-35 Lightning II flying trials. The task group consisted of RFA Tiderace and possibly a Royal Navy submarine[21][22] HMS Monmouth's Wildcat HMA2 helicopter, nicknamed "Blackjack" of 213 Flight, 815 NAS, became the first Wildcat to land aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth on 3 September 2018.[23]

The ship prepared to go into refit in early 2019, and her ship's company became the Starboard crew of sister ship HMS Montrose which is forward-deployed to Bahrain until 2022.

On 22 March 2021, it was announced that Monmouth as well as sister ship Montrose would be decommissioned earlier than planned as part of defence’s Integrated Review. [24] As a result of this decision, Monmouth will not undergo her LIFEX refit as other members of her class have, and will likely be scrapped. [25]

Related images



  1. ^ "HMS Monmouth deploys to Gulf region". Ministry of Defence. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Type 23 Frigate". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ "HMS Monmouth (F235)". Royal Navy. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  4. ^ "'Black Duke battered but unbowed'" (PDF). Navy News: 8-9. July 1995.
  5. ^ "RFA Orangeleaf". Historical RFA. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Full speed ahead for Monmouth in paradise". Navy News. Retrieved 28 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Monmouth's affiliates get a rare chance to see her exposed bottom". Navy News. 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "HMS Monmouth home to heroes' welcome from patrol". Royal Navy. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "International flavour to HMS Monmouth's Autumn training". Royal Navy. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Scotland set to host Exercise Joint Warrior". Royal Navy. 2 October 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013.
  11. ^ "HMS Monmouth sails again". Royal Navy. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "HMS Monmouth visits Hamburg". Royal Navy. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Submarine hunting is black and white for Monmouth in Norwegian fjords". Royal Navy. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Royal Navy helps make Bournemouth Air Festival a flying success". Royal Navy. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  15. ^ "HMS Monmouth breaks off Canadian exercise to save fisherman's life". Royal Navy. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. ^ "HMS Monmouth sails for Gulf". Royal Navy. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  17. ^ "HMS Monmouth seizes £65M of heroin and cannabis in major drugs bust". Royal Navy. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  18. ^ "60-hour hunt reaps £65 million reward" (PDF). Navy News. July 2017. p. 5. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Royal Navy air crew rescues last survivor of sunken tanker". Royal Navy. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Monmouth Gulf-bound filled with "a keen fighting spirit"". Navy News. 7 March 2017. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  21. ^ "HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for the United States - here's the plan". Save the Royal Navy. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  22. ^ "HMS Queen Elizabeth sets off for F-35B fighter jet trials". Royal Navy. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  23. ^ @NavyLookout (3 September 2018). "'Blackjack' from 213 Flight, 815 Naval Air Squadron - was the first Wildcat HMA2 Helicopter to land on @HMSQnlz" (Tweet). Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via Twitter.
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