Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose wraps up sea trials after upgrade

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose has returned to Plymouth after successful machinery and weapons trials at sea, the navy said.

Montrose returned to port three weeks after leaving dry dock where it spent three years undergoing a upgrade.

The ship’s engines have been pushed to the limits and have propelled the vessel to her top speed during whilst the ship was manoeuvred to simulate extreme weather conditions.

The crew are getting used to living and working on board a warship at sea, which for a large number is their first taste of life at sea.

Weapon shoots have involved the weapons specialists and those manning the operations room – the latter stood-up for 24/7.

HMS Montrose has also been within a few miles of a Chinese task force heading towards the Baltic sea for a joint exercise with the Russian Navy, which was shadowed by UK forces.

The ship will now conduct some more work alongside in Plymouth before sailing to conduct more trials.