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        HMS Montrose

        Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose, having finished her training in the South Coast Exercise Areas and off the North Scottish coast (in the form of Basic Operational Sea Training and Joint Warrior) has now left the UK for a 7 month deployment to the Mediterranean and Gulf region.

        mare ditat rosa decorat - The sea enriches, the rose adorns

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        HMS Montrose

        Having originally been part of the annual 'Cougar ’13' deployment, HMS Montrose spent the last 5 months conducting counter-terrorism and presence operations in the Gulf, working for UKMCC Bahrain, under the banner of 'Operation KIPION. She is now operating off the coast of Syria as part of the Danish-led Operation “RECSYR”, a UN mission tasked with escorting and protecting the merchant shipping that contain the ingredients previously used by Syria to manufacture chemical weapons.

        A year of activity onboard HMS Montrose


        James Parkin

        HMS Ranger, Somerset, Manchester
        Military experience

        James Parkin joined the Royal Navy immediately after university, graduating from BRNC Dartmouth in April 1999. After training appointments in various MCMVs and frigates, and professional training at HMS Dryad, his first complement appointment was the Navigating Officer of HMS Berkeley in January 2000.

        Following Initial Staff training, and Fighter Controller course, he was appointed to HMS Manchester as FC1 in late 2001, a job that also included an attachment to Horse Guards as the RN liaison officer and watch officer for Operation FRESCO, the national firefighters’ strike.

        Leaving HMS Manchester in 2003, Parkin took up the role of OiC of Sussex URNU and Commanding Officer of the unit’s associated patrol vessel, HMS Ranger. After promotion to Lieutenant Commander, he next proceeded to Principal Warfare Officer course in 2006, from which he was awarded the Commodore’s Warfare Prize for the top student of the year, and subsequently conducted an 18 month appointment as PWO and Operations Officer of HMS Somerset.

        For his second PWO tour, Parkin joined the Maritime Battlestaff in October 2008 as SOO to COMUKTG, during which time he helped set up the EU Anti-Piracy HQ for Operation Atalanta, served as the maritime desk officer in Multinational Force-Iraq HQ in Baghdad, and deployed on numerous amphibious, joint and maritime exercises.

        Selected for promotion in May 2010, Commander Parkin proceeded on Advanced Command and Staff Course at JSCSC Shrivenham, where he finished as the highest placed Royal Navy student, and was awarded the Curtiss Prize for Campaigning. Subsequently, he acted as the Chief of Staff of the Navy Command Review programme for 8 months, helping to design the manpower, processes and organisational structures for the Royal Navy of the next 10 years.

        He assumed Command of HMS Montrose in July 2012.




        HMS Montrose homecoming
        HMS Montrose home from seven-month deployment
        12 March 2014

        The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose was given a rapturous...

        Lynx flight returns home after completing operations in HMS Montrose
        12 March 2014

        Lynx Flight embarked in HMS Montrose has returned home on...

        Royal navy warship home to South West from operations
        11 March 2014

        The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose returns home to the...

        'Fantastic' visit to Malta brings curtain down on Montrose's deployment
        10 March 2014

        The golden sandstone of Grand Harbour provided the colourful backdrop...


        Operation RECSYR

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        The operation is a crucial step in the international mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic by June 2014. As well as playing a role in safely transporting the chemical precursors, the UK is also providing specialist equipment to assist with the hydrolysis of the most sensitive chemicals before their final disposal.

        Middle East Patrol


        Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast. Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

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        Weapons System

        type 23
        • 4.5Mk8 Gun
          medium calibre weapon system
          Mk8 4.5 Gun

          If you're looking for punch and firepower, then the 4.5in main gun, found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy's destroyer's frigates and destroyers, is the most obvious provider. Even in an age of missiles, there's still a need for a weapon to pulverise enemy positions and demoralise the foe - and the 4.5in gun has done so in the Falklands and Iraq. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away - and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used. In various forms, the 4.5in has been the Navy's standard medium gun since before World War 2, embodied today by the Mk8 which has been in service since the early 1970s. There are two types of Mk8 used by the Fleet. The older Mod 0 (with its curved turret), which is gradually being replaced, and the angular Mod 1 (nicknamed Kryten after the robot on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf) which is harder for enemy radar to pick up. The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets. In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery. The Mk8 can also be used effectively against surface targets at sea.

        • Harpoon
          Anti-ship missile System

          Harpoon is the long-range lance of the Type 23 frigate, capable of destroying enemy ships far beyond the horizon. Fitted to all Type 23 Frigates, the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Harpoon is a sophisticated anti-ship missile capable of striking at targets more than 80 miles away. Harpoon uses a combination of inertial guidance and active radar homing to attack its prey. Cruising at Mach 0.9 and carrying a large high explosive warhead it is powered by a lightweight turbojet, but is accelerated at launch by a booster rocket.

        • Helicopter
          Airbourne weapons System

          The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000. Our job is to find – and if necessary destroy – enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar bouys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers

        • Sea Wolf
          Surface to Air Missile system
          Sea wolf

          Seawolf is the shield of Britain’s frigate fleet against air attack. Defending Britain's frigate fleet against air attack, the Seawolf missile has been in service for more than 30 years and has proven itself in action in the Falklands. Unlike Sea Viper and Sea Dart, Seawolf is intended to defend an individual ship rather than a task group, engaging aircraft or sea-skimming missiles. It is fired either from a vertical silo on Type 23 frigates, and guided on to its target courtesy of a tracking system on the ship. The original Seawolf had a very limited range of just six miles, but the frigate fleet is in the middle of receiving the latest, more potent version of the missile system. It means that Seawolf can track – and destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at three times the speed of sound well beyond the limit of the original missile. If the system was placed in the middle of London, it could track its target over the M25 and knock it out of the sky over the North Circular - and the whole action would last under 20 seconds. Each Type 23 frigate carries out at least two Seawolf firings on ranges off the UK coast before each deployment.

        • DLH Decoy Launch System
          active decoy system

          The DLH system is carried by the Navy's frigates and is designed to lure attacking anti-ship missiles away from the unit.

        • Torpedo
          Magazine torpedo launch System (MTLS)

          Dropped by Lynx and Merlin helicopters, and launched from the MTLS, Sting Ray is a small lightweight torpedo designed to destroy enemy submarines. It weighs seven times less than torpedoes fired by submarines, racing through the water at more than 50mph at targets half a dozen miles away, delivering a 100lb explosive charge powerful enough to punch through the double hulls of modern submarines. Once Sting Ray is fired it uses the information provided initially by the helicopter and gathers fresh intelligence on its target using its sonar and onboard software which is designed not to be fooled by the enemy submarine’s decoys.

        • Towed Array
          Sub Surface detection system
          towed array

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
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        HMS Montrose HISTORY

        • Ship History

          Only one previous ship in the Royal Navy has carried the name Montrose, built for one war, but who distinguished herself in another. The Admiralty-type destroyer leader – sometimes known as the Scott-class – was designed as a command ship for a World War 1 destroyer flotilla.The war had ended before Montrose was ready to join the Fleet. When she was commissioned in 1919, she was sent to the Mediterranean, where she spent the next decade, helping to evacuate White Russian troops from Novorossisk in March 1920 during the Russian Civil War.

        • Ship Duties

          When her Mediterranean duties were done, Montrose returned to UK waters and spent most of the 1930s in reserve.

        • Battle Honours

          Atlantic 1939-40

        • Dunkirk

          Refitted on the eve of war, she was reactivated and charged with hunting U-boats in the Atlantic initially, until she was ordered to Dunkirk to support the evacuation of Allied troops from the Continent. She managed to bring more than 900 men home before bomb damage prevented any further trips to France. Battle Honours: Dunkirk 1940

        • Escort Duties

          Once repaired, Montrose resumed more typical escort duties, including the bitter Arctic Convoys, before supporting the liberation of France by joining the Normandy invasion fleet. Battle Honours : Arctic 1942-43, North Sea 1942-44

        • Battle Honours

          English Channel 1943-44

        • Damaged

          The destroyer was badly damaged one day after D-Day in a collision with a US merchant ship. She never put to sea again and was broken up in 1946.

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