HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth, known as the 'Black Duke' is the frigate with more battle honours than any other serving warship. Monmouth is undergoing a major refit in Devonport.

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In her 20 years of service HMS Monmouth has sailed more than 560,000 miles (enough to take her to the moon and back with a good 80,000 miles to spare).

The ship has spent 54,000 hours at sea - the equivalent to six years of constant sailing across the world's oceans.

In 2013 Monmouth visited 13 different ports in 12 countries, fired more than 13,000 rounds of ammunition, while her sailors munched through 300,000 potatoes.

The ship owes its nickname to James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, who was beheaded in 1685 for his misdemeanors.

Before she entered refit, Monmouth met up with the newest Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and escorted her safely through the busy English Channel.  The former Kiev class aircraft carrier had conducted sea trials in July and September 2013 visiting Portsmouth Naval Base. 

HMS Monmouth

The Black Duke once again ready for tasking


HMS Monmouth Latest News

The Black Duke acts as the guard ship for the Dartmouth Regatta

The Black Duke acts as the guard ship for the Dartmouth Regatta

HMS Monmouth sails again

HMS Monmouth sails again

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Current operation Maintenance and Sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

Location Plymouth

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Unit History

The First Monmouth1666

There are seven ships of the Fleet named Monmouth which have served the country, beginning with a 17th-Century eight-gun yacht launched in 1666.

The Second 'Fearsome' Monmouth1667

The second bearer of the name served for 100 years, was rebuilt three times and earned no fewer than ten battle honours.

The Third Monmouth1772

The third Monmouth saw extensive action against the French in the 1780s before being turned into the appropriately-named prison ship Captivity in 1796. She was broken up in 1818.

The Fourth Monmouth1796

Monmouth No.4 was built for the East India Company but was acquired by the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary War, seeing action at Camperdown and in the Mediterranean.

The Fifth Monmouth1868

The fifth ship began life as HMS Hotspur, renamed as Monmouth in 1868 and serving as the Roman Catholic chapel in Devonport for more than 30 years. She was sold in 1902.

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Commanding Officer Philip Tilden

Rank: Commander

Philip Tilden joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 1992. He took up his current post of Commanding Officer HMS Monmouth at the end of 2014.

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The ‘Black Duke’, has more battle honours than any other serving warship

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Displacement: 4,900 tonnes; length: 133m; beam: 16.1m; complement: 185