HMS Montrose at sea DATE TAKEN UNKNOWN DATE UPLOADED 130121 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
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HMS Montrose Returns To Patrols After Overhaul In Oman

The Type 23 frigate has been stationed in the Gulf for the last two years and underwent the overhaul 270 miles south of Muscat in Oman.

HMS Montrose at sea DATE TAKEN UNKNOWN DATE UPLOADED 130121 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

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.

The Type 23 frigate has now returned to her duties in the Middle East (Picture: Royal Navy).

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).