HMS Montrose is back on patrol after becoming the first Royal Navy warship to receive an overhaul at a new port in Oman.
The harbour at Duqm, carved out of sand and stone over the last decade, is now an important staging post for Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels in the region.
The Navy has been using the port for the past five years and has now made use of Duqm Naval Dockyard – a joint venture between the Oman Drydock Company and defence firm Babcock.
Based in the Gulf for the last two years, HMS Montrose is part of the Royal Navy’s Forward Presence programme, to station warships around the world in key regions.
All maintenance carried out on the frigate was in an effort to sustain its current operations – including her role in the international Operation Sentinel mission, protecting merchant shipping in the Gulf.
In a four-week support programme provided for the Bahrain-based vessel in Duqm, the ship's team faced 250 critical tasks including air weapons handling systems, fire systems and ventilation.
Work was also carried out on the hangar, flight deck, mess decks and on the bridge.
Cover images: HMS Montrose (Picture: Royal Navy).