HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth, known as the 'Black Duke' is the frigate with more battle honours than any other serving warship.

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The ship owes its nickname to James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, who was beheaded in 1685 after leading a failed rebellion against King Charles II.

In her 22 years of service so far HMS Monmouth has sailed more than 560,000 miles and has spent 54,000 hours at sea - the equivalent to six years of constant sailing across the world's oceans.

Monmouth entered refit in 2014 and was upgraded with a host of combat system updates and marine engineering improvements. 

In the summer of 2015 she emerged from refit to conduct the post upkeep sea trials and having successfully proved the equipment operation has now re-entered service with the Royal Navy.

The ship will now re-generate by training for the next big milestone - “Operational Sea Training” - an intensive series of drills that will prepare the ship’s company and ship for operational deployment.

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Current operation Training

The unit is being put through its paces in preparation for returning to front line operations.

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