HMS Montrose (F236)

HMS Montrose is currently operational as part of the Joint Expeditionary Force, where she is ready to respond to National and Coalition Tasking.

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Since returning to sea in 2017, following an extensive £35 million pound refit where her weapon and sensor systems were significantly upgraded, HMS Montrose has undergone an intense period of trials and training before being declared fully operational again.

2018 saw her operating off Norway which allowed her to fine tune her sensors at a NATO range, prior to her proving herself during Operational Sea Training, as part of the multi national Joint Warrior Exercise off Scotland and with a successful first firing of the upgraded missile system Sea Ceptor.

Having completed training, operations have included escorting Russian warships in UK Waters and working with our allies in the Baltic Sea.  She has recently had the privilege of visiting both of Montrose’s affiliated towns, Fowey and Montrose allowing the ships company to renew their ties with the regions.

Montrose is due to deploy in the Autumn of 2018  to the Pacific and Gulf Regions.

Board and search team training on board HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose prepares for Japan visit


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HMS Montrose departing from Sembawang Naval Base, Singapore.

HMS Montrose visits Singapore


HMS Montrose arrives in Singapore

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Antarctic patrol

    To provide a UK sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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Unit History

Ship History1919

The Admiralty-type destroyer was designed as a command ship for a WW1 flotilla. The war had ended before she was ready to join the Fleet.

Ship History1919

Commissioned in 1919, HMS Montrose was sent to the Mediterranean, helping to evacuate White Russian troops from Novorossisk in March 1920 during the Russian Civil War.

Ship Duties1930

When her Mediterranean duties were done, Montrose returned to UK waters and spent most of the 1930s in reserve.

Battle Honours1939

Atlantic 1939-40


Montrose was reactivated to hunt U-boats in the Atlantic initially, then ordered to Dunkirk. She brought more than 900 men home before bomb damage prevented further trips to France.

Battle Honours 19401940

Dunkirk - 1940

Escort Duties1942

Once repaired, Montrose resumed more typical escort duties, including the bitter Arctic Convoys, before supporting the liberation of France by joining the Normandy invasion fleet.

Battle Honours1942

Arctic 1942-43, North Sea 1942-44

Battle Honours1943

English Channel 1943-44


The destroyer was badly damaged after D-Day in a collision with a US merchant ship. She never put to sea again and was broken up in 1946.

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Commanding Officer Conor O'Neill

Rank: Commander

Commander Conor O'Neill joined the Royal Navy in 1999, he assumed command of HMS Montrose in April 2017.

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Ship's Motto

Mare ditat rosa decorat - The sea enriches, the rose adorns

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'Sans Peur' Without Fear

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