Since 1992 HMS Montrose has developed a number of formal links and affiliations with other organisations. The Ship is particularly proud of its Scottish links and despite frequently being deployed away from the United Kingdom every effort is made to keep in touch with the individuals and organisations listed below:
Lady Edith Rifkind – Ship’s Sponsor
The Ship’s Sponsor is Lady Edith Rifkind, the wife of Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP who was a Scottish Member of Parliament, Secretary of State for Scotland and ultimately Secretary of State for Defence. Lady Rifkind’s strong association with the ship dates back to 31 Jul 1992 when she lauched HMS Montrose at Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde.
His Grace the Duke of Montrose
As a Type 23 Duke Class Frigate, strong links are maintained with the Duke of Montrose. The Montrose name has always had great military connections stretching back as far as the Battle of Flodden Field in 1613, a number of more recent Dukes have had strong links with the Royal Navy; the 6th Duke was the first Commodore of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, and the 7th Duke was the Commanding Officer of the destroyer HMS Ludlow. The present, 8th, Duke is the only Duke who has a seat in the House of Lords as one of the 90 elected heriditary peers.
Angus District Council
HMS Montrose’s primary civic affiliation is with Angus District Council. Based in Forfar, lying on the east coast of Scotland and across the Highland line, Angus covers an area of 785 square miles, taking in the Grampian mountains in the North and the coastal plain of the Tay in the South. The town of Montrose is the most northerly of the Angus coastal towns, situated between the mouths of the rivers South and North Esk. www.angusahead.com/home/Home.asp
29th Commando Royal Artillery Regiment
Conveniently based alongside HMS Montrose in the historic Royal Citadel in Plymouth and in Arbroath in Angus are 29 Commando Royal Artillery – The Commando Gunners. These spearhead troops proudly wear the coveted Green Beret and are trained as amphibious, mountain and arctic warfare specialists who provide fire support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines using 105mm Light Guns. With their headquarters overlooking the Plymouth Harbour marks of respect are often exchanged as Montrose passes under the guns of the Citadel. www.army.mod.uk/artillery/units/29_cmdo_regt_ra/default%20.aspx
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Originally formed in 1739 and with an illustrious history, in 2006 The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) was merged with other Scottish Infantry Battalions to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland. However the name of The Black Watch and its proud traditions such as the Red Hackle live on not least through the strong affiliation with HMS Montrose. www.theblackwatch.co.uk/
Worshipful Company of Distillers
The Worshipful Company of Distillers is a Livery Company of the City of London which dates back to 1638 and the reign of King Charles I. There are over one hundred City Livery Companies, each numbered according to precedence, with the Distillers ranking 69th. Although located in London rather than Scotland there is a clear link through the Scotch Whisky Industry and the Distillers recognise their Scottish connections in many ways. www.distillers.org.uk
Dorward House is a Residential Home for the elderly and a historic landmark in the Town of Montrose. Founded in 1831 by a local merchant William Dorward as a Refuge for the Destitute the home has recently been refurbished to meet the new National Care Standards for Care Homes and is now capable of providing 40 residential care places.
Angus Riding for the Disabled
Angus Riding for the Disabled is a charity based in South Bottymyre near Forfar in Angus which aims to provide fun, therapy and a challenge for around 40 riders from the surrounding area who use the purpose-built centre and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. www.angusrda.org.uk/
Queen Victoria School, Dunblane
Queen Victoria School in Dunblane is a Military School funded by the Ministry of Defence to provide stability and continuity of education, within the Scottish system, for the children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, have served in Scotland or are part of a Scottish Regiment. The school is fully boarding, co-educational and tri-service accommodating 270 pupils from age 10/11 to 18.
Montrose Academy is a non-denominational secondary school which serves the town of Montrose and the surrounding rural area, the school building dates from 1815. The roll of the school hovers at just under 1000 pupils www.montroseacademy.angus.sch.uk/index.htm
Rosemount Primary School
Rosemount Primary School is a mainstream state school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 12 situated in the Hillside area of Montrose and accommodating around 181 pupils.
Normandy Veterans Association (Surrey Branch)
The Normandy Veterans' Association was launched in Britain in 1985 to encourage the 1944 spirit of comradeship, to promote contact between former comrades and to inform the younger generations of the past deeds of their forebears for the benefit of their country. Normandy – 1944 is one of Montrose’s 6 battle honours.
Oxford URNU was formed in October 1994 to provide training to undergraduates from Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities. Students attend weekly drill nights at the unit in Oxford and at weekends go to sea in HMS Smiter conducting navigation and leadership training. During the Easter and Summer breaks, the Ship takes the students on 2 week deployments around the UK and European waters visiting many small harbours and ports that rarely see the White Ensign of the Royal Navy. HMS Smiter (Oxford URNU)
XXIV Squadron RAF
The Montrose Rotary Club
RGS Worcester CCF
The Caledonian Club
The Fife and Tayside SCC