HMS MONTROSE took centre stage recently to mark Armed Forces Day in Plymouth where it had the honour of firing a 17-gun salute in the port’s sail-past.
Taking a short break from operational duties, the Type 23 frigate steamed past Plymouth Hoe on Saturday, June 25, when the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope and Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey returned the salute.
The crew also played hosts to 35 school children from across Plymouth who enjoyed a rare chance to sail on board a Royal Navy warship and watched the ceremony alongside the crew on the ship’s flight deck.
HMS Montrose’s captain, Commander Jonathan Lett, said the occasion was a chance for the ship and her crew to connect with the wider community.
He said: “HMS Montrose is incredibly proud of her links with the community, not only in her affiliated town of Montrose, but also in Plymouth. Armed Forces Day gave us the opportunity to reach out and connect with local people and we were overwhelmed by the numbers of people on the Hoe who came to witness our sail-past and salute.”
Having completed a five-month anti-piracy deployment last year off the coast of Somalia, Montrose is currently undertaking a period of Operational Sea Training in preparation for her forthcoming deployment to the South Atlantic in October of this year.