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Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose Proves Herself on Exercise Joint Warrior 18
The Royal Navy’s type 23 frigate HMS Montrose has been taking part in Joint Warrior 18 off the west coast of Scotland. The multinational exercise saw HMS Montrose defend herself against small craft attacks, provide live gunnery to land force requests, conduct boarding operations against simulated embargo breakers, deal with submarines, as well as a myriad of other activities.
Training exercises during Joint Warrior included HMS Montrose defending herself against fast attack craft.
More than 11,600 military personnel from 17 nations will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior for two weeks this spring in one of the largest exercises of its kind in Europe, operating out of Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde, Scotland.
The crew of HMS Montrose also practised ship-boarding exercises using the Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boat made by BAE Systems. The boats are mostly used for rescue, anti-piracy and counter-narcotics missions, and have a “dry running” capability, allowing their engines to be started out of the water, while still attached to a ship’s davits.
During Ex Joint Warrior, the Pacific 24 was also used to take one of HMS Montrose’s crew for an unscheduled visit ashore. As HMS Montrose was underway near Loch Ewe off the coast of Scotland during Exercise Joint Warrior 18, Leading Seaman (LS) Jonathan Murray was overheard to say, “I can see my house from here” on the bridge.
When the Captain asked if he was serious, and LS Murray (a Seaman Specialist on HMS Montrose) pointed a finger to an idyllic sheep farm on the Highland coastline, a plan was quickly drawn up to get him home.
During a lull in the action the Seaman Spec and his colleague LS Sarah Griffiths were given a boats brief from the Officer of the Watch, charts were studied and a plan was formed. LS Murray was given permission to drive the Pacific 24 the 6 miles to Aultbea pier, about a mile from the family home, where he was picked up by his auntie Anne.
The bi-annual exercise is running from the 21st April to 4th May and incorporates all three UK services as well as forces from 16 other nations including Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the US.
During Joint Warrior, HMS Montrose also had the chance to fire her 4.5 inch gun.
Inside the ops room of the type 23 frigate HMS Montrose, the crew closed up at action wearing anti-flash. The 20-year-old HMS Montrose recently underwent a refit in Plymouth where she had extensive upgrades to the ship’s combat and weapons systems.
HMS Montrose also carries a Wildcat helicopter.
Linked to the NATO exercise programme and open to Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Partner Nations, Joint Warrior also hosts non-NATO partners such as Australia, Finland and Sweden. This year the training scenarios involve multiple sovereign nations disputing resources and territories; counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activity; information warfare; and evacuation operations.
Exercise Joint Warrior will provide NATO allies and partner nations the opportunity to train together across air, land, sea and cyber domains, practicing “high-end” war-fighting between near-peer adversaries.
Images: HMS Montrose on Ex Joint Warrior 18 (Crown Copyright, 2018).