My team of sailors have been extremely proud in their role as ambassadors for the Royal Navy and the UK and I would like to thank the people of Baltimore and Maryland for their friendship and hospitality during our stay.

Commander Will King RN

Monmouth was on show alongside a dozen warships, classic sailing vessels and even a World War 2 Liberty ship.

Commanding Officer of HMS Monmouth, Commander Will King, was full of pride.

“This visit was a huge success and it continues to demonstrate the close partnership between the UK and US,” he said.

“It is my hope that through events such as this the public gain an insight into the professionalism, commitment and sacrifice that all members of the Armed Forces make every day.

“My team of sailors have been extremely proud in their role as ambassadors for the Royal Navy and the UK and I would like to thank the people of Baltimore and Maryland for their friendship and hospitality during our stay.”

Monmouth immediately made her presence felt, making a spectacular entrance with the ship’s company stood at attention on the upper with members of the Royal Marines Band performing on the flight deck.

She was berthed on the jetty near the headquarters of sportswear brand Under Armour and welcomed a variation of guests on board – including the cheerleaders from the Baltimore Ravens American Football team, children from local schools and staff from Under Armour.

She also hosted an evening reception attended by Commander Carrier Strike Group Two, Rear Admiral Stephen Evans of the US Navy, the British Naval Attaché, British Embassy staff and local businessmen and women. 

Having been on carrier escort duties as HMS Queen Elizabeth began F-35 Lightning fighter jet flight trials recently, this was a chance for a change of pace.

Monmouth’s sailors took the short trip to capital Washington DC to take in all the main tourist attractions and also got involved in sports matches against other visiting ships and local teams in Baltimore. 

Sailors put in a decent performance at the Baltimore 5k fun run and were put through circuit training by Under Armour, too.

After Baltimore, Monmouth returned to HMS Queen Elizabeth’s side and will shortly be on exercise with the United States Navy Amphibious Task Group.

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