This was an excellent opportunity for us to work with our allies and cement relationships ahead of our visit to Chile to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Chilean Navy.

Commander Conor O’Neill RN

The day saw a number of serials completed, including Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres, where the ships conducted various manoeuvres in close quarters with each other, followed by a photoshoot to capture the events.

An exchange of personnel also took place which saw an officer and senior rating from USS Somerset join Montrose for a few hours, while two members of Montrose’s ship’s company headed in the opposite direction courtesy of the frigate’s Wildcat helicopter.

“With HMS Somerset being a former ship of mine, it was a poignant exchange for me,” said weapons engineer Chief Petty Officer Darren Richards.

“I was most impressed by their Hospital Facilities. And it was extremely satisfying watching the successful firing of our automatic small calibre guns from the bridge of the USS Somerset.”

The shooting saw ships taking it in turn to fire on a ‘killer tomato’ target (a large red inflatable), which allowed each ship to demonstrate its close-range gunnery systems and ability to operate together in close vicinity, successfully sinking the target in the end.

“This was an excellent opportunity for us to work with our allies and cement relationships ahead of our visit to Chile to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Chilean Navy,” said Montrose’s Commanding Officer Commander Conor O’Neill.

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