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Royal Navy - Guided Missile Frigate
F 236 HMS Montrose
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Frigate; Type 23 / Duke class; General Purpose (GP) variant
Builder: GEC Marconi Marine (YSL), Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
 
STATUS:
Laid down: November 1, 1989
Launched: July 31, 1992
Commissioned: June 2, 1994
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: HMNB Devonport
Namesake: Duke of Montrose
Ships Motto: MARE DITAT ROSA DECORAT (the sea enriches and the rose adorns)
Technical Data: see INFO > Duke / Type 23 class Guided Missile Frigate
 
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HMS Montrose (F 236) firing an RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

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HMS Montrose tests her Sea Ceptor System against a drone

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firing a Sea Wolf SAM missile from her GWS 26 vertical launching system (VLS)

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8 x Harpoon SSM tube launcher / 32-cell GWS 35 Sea Ceptor VLS for CAMM SAM missiles / Mark 8 gun

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HMS Montrose (F 236):
 
The current HMS Montrose is the eighth of the sixteen ship Type 23 or 'Duke' class of frigates, of the Royal Navy, named after the Duke of Montrose. She was laid down in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde, and was launched on 31 July 1992 by Lady Rifkind (when, as Mrs Edith Rifkind, her husband Sir Malcolm Rifkind was Secretary of State for Defence). She commissioned into service in June 1994.

Having once been the flagship of the 6th Frigate Squadron, Montrose is now part of the Devonport Flotilla, based in Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.


Service history:
Deployments in the 1990s include her first trip to the South Atlantic, as Falkland Islands guardship, which ended in October 1996. Her first visit to the City of Dundee was in 1993. Several NATO deployments followed.

In early 2002, Montrose returned to the Falklands on the now-renamed Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment, during which divers from Montrose replaced the White Ensign on Antelope, which was sunk during the Falklands War. On her return from this deployment, she conducted her first refit period (RP1), which was completed in early January 2004.

In October 2004, Montrose was one of a number of ships dispatched to the rescue of the stricken Canadian submarine Chicoutimi (an ex-Royal Navy Upholder-class submarine) which had suffered a number of fires on board, causing casualties and the loss of power in the submarine. Montrose was the first Royal Navy vessel to make contact with the boat and assisted the submarine.

Montrose deployed in 2006 to the Persian Gulf on Operation Telic in the first half of 2006. After returning to the UK for personnel changes and maintenance, from 8 January to 27 July 2007, Montrose then deployed for seven months to the Mediterranean Sea as the UK contribution to the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). As part of this group, she participated in NATO's Operation Active Endeavour (OAE), countering terrorist activity in the Mediterranean and preventing smuggling and other illegal activity. After Summer Leave, the ship headed to Scotland to take part in Exercise Neptune Warrior, and was visited there by Prince Michael of Kent, Honorary Rear Admiral of the Royal Naval Reserve, on 24 September 2007.

Following Operational Sea Training, Montrose deployed again to the Middle East on 12 March 2008 to join Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, operating in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Activity in this deployment included Exercise Khunjar Haad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman in May, and working with Chatham, Edinburgh and RFA Argus the seizure of over 23 tonnes of illegal drugs including cocaine, hashish, amphetamines and opiates. She returned home on 3 October 2008, and after operating in UK waters, commenced a £15,000,000 upkeep package at Rosyth in early 2009.

This second refit package (RP2) included a number of major capability upgrades for the ship, including the first fitting of the Royal Navy's newest command system, DNA(2), and the replacement of the two old manually-operated 30 mm guns with two 30 mm DS30M Mark 2 Guns. Having rejoined the ship on 20 July 2009, the crew conducted post-refits trials until January 2010, and Montrose was formally accepted back into the fleet on 11 February 2010.

After operational sea training Montrose deployed to the Arabian Sea in Summer 2010 to conduct anti-piracy operations, highlights of which included the November 2010 destruction of a Somalian pirate ship by the ship's Lynx helicopter while on patrol off the coast of Somalia, and the disruption of several pirate attacks on merchant ships.

In October 2011, Montrose deployed again to the South Atlantic, during which she was due to visit Callao, Peru in March 2012, but the Peruvian government cancelled the visit, according to the Foreign Minister, as a gesture of solidarity with Argentina over the Falklands. After visits to New Orleans and Bermuda in March and April 2012, Montrose returned to the UK in May 2012. In July 2012, the ship acted as the escort vessel for Queen Elizabeth II during her Diamond Jubilee visit to Cowes.

From September to November 2012, the ship participated in the COUGAR 12 deployment to the Mediterranean. In early 2013, the ship and crew underwent intensive training to return to the front line, and then deployed as part of the COUGAR 13 task group in August 2013. After the remainder of the COUGAR 13 task group returned to the UK, Montrose remained in the Middle East to act as the UK's frigate in the Persian Gulf under Operation KIPION, and conducted numerous exercises with allied nations, as well as UK-only training events such as the maintenance exercise with RFA Diligence.

In 2014, Montrose was tasked to join Norwegian and Danish warships in Operation RECSYR - the mission to escort the merchant vessels removing the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile for destruction. Having handed over to HMS Diamond, the ship arrived home in March 2014. Subsequently, and after a high-profile London visit to celebrate 20 years since the ship's commissioning, the ship was sent to the Baltic Sea to participate in BALTOPS 14, a large scale US-led multinational exercise with participation from 30 ships and submarines from 14 nations.

The ship entered refit at Devonport in October 2014, was due to rejoin the Fleet in 2016, but the incomplete installation of the Sea Ceptor Missile system and a new command system prevented it. Ship's staff moved back on board in March 2017 to prepare for sea trials and it was announced that Montrose would escort HMS Queen Elizabeth on her deployment to the United States for first of class flying trials in 2018. Montrose returned to sea for the first time in nearly three years on 7 July 2017 to commence a period of trials and testing before undergoing operational sea training later in the year. Despite the announcement in 2017, Montrose did not accompany Queen Elizabeth on her 2018 deployment; escort duties instead fell to sister HMS Monmouth. Montrose instead began working up for a major three-year deployment, which would see the ship become the first frigate to be based at the Royal Navy's new support facility in Bahrain, HMS Juffair.

In the summer of 2018 Montrose acted as the Fleet Readiness Escort (FRE) in the North Sea and Dover Straits, escorting Russian units as they passed through these areas. This was followed by a mini-deployment to the Baltic where she exercised with the Swedish and Finnish navies and to strengthen ties with these nations with a focus around the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Finnish Navy. On return to the UK, Montrose went through a period of operational sea training before deploying to the South Pacific and Far East to carry out MarSy Operations in conjunction with JIATF(S) and Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS). During this time she visited Chile, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, Auckland, Darwin, Singapore and Tokyo.

During a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 10 January 2019, it was announced that HMS Montrose would be deployed to the Pacific region to enforce sanctions against North Korea.

Montrose forward-deployed to Bahrain in April 2019, where she will remain until 2022 carrying out an array of joint security operations including counter-piracy, counter-narcotics and boarding operations to support allies in the region and to protect the UK's interests. In early July 2019, amid rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Iran, Montrose issued radio warnings to boats believed to belong to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy which were attempting to impede the passage of the British commercial vessel British Heritage. US officials stated that five Iranian boats were involved, while some UK sources say only three were involved. The incident occurred in the Strait of Hormuz. According to some tabloid sources, Montrose had her 30 mm deck guns trained on the Iranian boats. Montrose was joined by HMS Duncan which was ordered to the Persian Gulf on 12 July 2019 in response to threats against British shipping by Iran. On 19 July Montrose warned the Islamic Revolutionary Guard by radio against the seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero but was not close enough to prevent the seizure. In September 2019, Stena Impero was released and HMS Duncan returned to Portsmouth. On 12 October it was reported that Montrose along with her French counterpart, Jean Bart, were able to capture 170 kilograms (370 lb) of illegal drugs. These drugs had an estimated worth of $1 million. The ships were able to catch the drug-smuggling dhow while operating in the Arabian Sea.

On 22 March 2021, it was announced that Montrose as well as sister ship Monmouth would be decommissioned earlier than planned as part of defence's Integrated Review. As of 2021, Montrose remained deployed east of Suez but was scheduled to return to the UK in 2022 following which she will be retired, about 4-5 years earlier than previously planned.

On 23 January 2022, the Royal Navy seized 663 kg (1,462 lb) of heroin, 87 kg (192 lb) of methamphetamine, 291 kg (642 lb) of hashish, and marijuana during a raid from Montrose, reportedly worth 15 million British pounds ($20 million).

As of June 2022, the out of service date for Montrose is expected to be 2023. On 4 November 2022 Montrose left United Kingdom Naval Support Facility where she has been permanently based since April 2019. She will make her way home to the UK to where she will arrive in December 2022. She is slated to be decommissioned in Spring 2023.

source: wikipedia
 
The title of Duke of Montrose (named after Montrose, Angus) was created twice in the peerage of Scotland, firstly in 1488 for David Lindsay, 5th Earl of Crawford. It was forfeited and then returned, but only for the period of the holder's lifetime. Thus, it was not inherited.

The title was bestowed anew in 1707, again in the peerage of Scotland, on the fourth Marquess of Montrose, and has since been in the Graham family. The title is also tied as the chieftainship of Clan Graham.

The Duke's subsidiary titles are: Marquess of Montrose (created 1644), Marquess of Graham and Buchanan (1707), Earl of Montrose (1503), Earl of Kincardine (1644 & 1707), Earl Graham of Belford (1722), Viscount Dundaff (1707), Lord Graham (1445), Lord Aberruthven, Mugdock and Fintrie (1707) and Baron Graham of Belford (1722). The titles Earl and Baron Graham of Belford are in the peerage of Great Britain; the rest are in the peerage of Scotland. The eldest son of the Duke uses the courtesy title Marquess of Graham and Buchanan.

The family seat is Auchmar, near Loch Lomond.
 
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