HMS Monmouth has also achieved many firsts and has pioneered the way as the first unit to escort the carrier on deployment, marking another significant stride forward in generating the UK’s carrier strike capability

Commander Will King

Monmouth also visited Charleston, South Carolina and conducted a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day, commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1.

The following day, US Veteran’s Day, she held another service at the HMS Seraph memorial. HMS Seraph was a submarine which played a pivotal role in several operations during second world war and is the only location in mainland USA that is permitted to fly the Royal Navy’s white ensign.

HMS Monmouth’s Commanding Officer, Commander Will King said:

"WESTLANT18 has been a ground breaking deployment for many reasons, including the huge success of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s historic trials with the F35B, Lightning II.

"HMS Monmouth has also achieved many firsts and has pioneered the way as the first unit to escort the carrier on deployment, marking another significant stride forward in generating the UK’s carrier strike capability.

"During these last four months, we have learned a great many lessons and the task group has benefited enormously from the collective training opportunities. My sailors have performed to the highest standard throughout and now look to a well-earned and restful Christmas with their families and friends."