HMS Montrose: 9 achievements of drug-busting Royal Navy frigate in her 30 years of service

HMS Montrose and her crew achieved so much in her 30 years of Royal Navy service.

The Type-23 Frigate was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base on April 17 in front of a crowd of invited guests and crew members past and present. Her flag was handed to Malcolm Rifkind, the husband of the ship’s original sponsor Lady Edith Rifkind, who died in 2019.

HMS was launched on July 31, 1992, and commissioned on June 2, 1994. She was the first of her class to be forward deployed and is best known for her daring missions against those who threaten national security and huge drug busts.

This included seizing tonnes of narcotics of all different classes with a street value numbering in the millions. Commanding Officer Commander Claire Thompson OBE said the ship was ‘incredibly operationally successful’ throughout her time.

Here are nine key moments in HMS Montrose’s history.

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