It was a great privilege to be able to show off the ship’s enhanced capabilities as she emerges from such a significant period of engineering work.

Commander Phil Tilden

This was a chance to show that while it may have been 24 years since Monmouth was launched she remains as versatile and capable as ever, especially after her extensive upgrades in the Devonport ship repair dry dock.

The evening ended with the chance to watch the traditional ceremony of Sunset.

Monmouth’s Commanding Officer, Commander Phil Tilden, then delivered a speech in fluent German having served at the German Navy’s Tactics Centre in Bremerhaven as a lecturer in Expeditionary Warfare and Counter-Piracy.

He said “It was a great privilege to be able to show off the ship’s enhanced capabilities as she emerges from such a significant period of engineering work.

"I was also delighted to be able to bring Monmouth to Hamburg to both emphasise the UK’s commitment in its relationship with Germany and to connect with the community in the city.” 

The visit also supported UK Trade and Industry initiatives with representatives from Jaguar Land Rover and Diageo taking part.

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, provided two vehicles on the jetty in front of the ship as an example of British engineering. 

HMS Monmouth recently completed an 18 month long refit and upgrade, enabling her to operate at the cutting edge of naval warfare for at least the next decade.