Monday 15 October 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #24: Monmouth, frigate of the Royal Navy

F235 Monmouth, Type 23 class frigate of the Royal Navy
This is the seventh photo gallery (see previous posts) from my visit to Kiel, on the first weekend of the 136th Kiel Week. The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The first weekend of the Kiel Week, the famous Naval Base of Kiel, opens its gates for just four hours per day, for thousands of tourists who are eager to visit the German Navy warships and dozens of foreign warships which visit the city of Kiel, to honor the Kiel Week. Τhe Royal Navy was represented by a number of ships and craft, including the F235 Monmouth, the sixth vessel in the Type 23 class of frigates. The ships are named after British Dukes, thus leading to the class being commonly known as the Duke-class. The first Type 23, HMS Norfolk, was commissioned in 1989, and the sixteenth, HMS St Albans was commissioned in June 2002. They form the core of the Royal Navy's destroyer and frigate fleet and serve alongside the Type 45 destroyers. Originally designed for anti-submarine warfare in the North Atlantic, the Type 23 evolved into a more complex and balanced vessel optimised for general warfare, which introduced a host of new technologies and concepts to the Royal Navy. These included extensive radar cross-section reduction design measures, automation to substantially reduce crew size, a combined diesel-electric and gas (CODLAG) propulsion system providing very quiet running for anti-submarine operations along with excellent range, vertical launch missile technology and a fully distributed combat management system. Thirteen Type 23 frigates remain in service with the Royal Navy, with three vessels having been sold to Chile and handed over to the Chilean Navy. Affectionately known as "The Black Duke", Monmouth is the only ship in service with the Royal Navy that has its name painted in black and flies a plain black flag in addition to the ensign. This is due to the dissolution of the title and the blacking out of the Coat of Arms of the Duke of Monmouth in 1685 following the Monmouth Rebellion against James II of England. As of 2018, Monmouth carries the most battle honours of any ship name currently serving in the Royal Navy. Enjoy my photos from my visit aboard the mighty HMS Monmouth!

The Black Duke together with other ships of SNMG1

HMS Monmouth
HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth
HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth
HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth. Notice the new Type 997 Artisan 3D radar on the main mast

AW159 Wildcat on the flight deck
AW159 Wildcat on the flight deck

Note the name painted in black

The ship is not equipped with VDS

Wildcat armed with torpedo

View of the ship
Mount for GPMG machine gun. Note the armor plates for the protection of the gunner
One of the two 30 mm DS30 guns
Port-side 30 mm DS30 RWS

Quadruple Harpoon launchers

Harpoon launchers behind the VLS

The two quadruple Harpoon launchers of HMS Monmouth
The bridge of the ship and the mast
The Type 997 Artisan radar has replaced the older Type 996 Mod 1

The 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun

The 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun

The 32-cell Sea Wolf SAM GWS.26 VLS
32 canisters for Sea Wolf SAM
Mount for GPMG

Sea Wolf SAM VLS

Harpoon and Sea Wolf launchers

The Sea Wolf VLS has not yer replaced by the more advanced CAMM/Sea Ceptor
One of the two Mk44 miniguns
Seagnat decoy launching system

Seagnat decoy launching systems

One of the two Mk44 miniguns

Mk44 minigun

Mark 44 Bushmaster II cannon

HMS Monmouth can carry one Wildcat or a Merlin helicopter for ASW/ASuW operations
Helicoper's cockipt
The glass cockpit of Wildcat

Decoy launching systems (not installed)

Decoy launching systems (not installed)

L-3 Wescam MX-15D EO-sensor

Sting Ray ASW torpedo on the pylon
Decoy launching systems (not installed)
Seaspray 7000E AESA MM-radar

Frigate's hangar, large enough to accommodate a Wildcat
or a Merlin helicopter for ASW/ASuW operations
Marine engineering equipment
The ship's mast with the Artisan radar and other sensors
Note the Sperry Sea Archer 30 (GSA 8) EO-sensor

From left to right: Type 911 Sea Wold guidance system, Mk44 minigun, SCOT 1D SATCOM
HMS Monmouth
HMS Monmouth

Note the 30mm gun automated mount
View of HMS Monmouth
View of ship's amidships

One of the two Type 911 trackers and the large hangar

Type 911 tracker and secondary mast
The hatch for two 324mm torpedo launchers

Type 911 tracker and hangar
The hatch for two 324mm torpedo launchers for Sting Ray ASW torpedoes

TDS, Sea Eagle FCEO and Type 911 tracker
TDS, Sea Eagle FCEO and Type 911 tracker

HMS Monmouth, sixth Duke class frigate of the Royal Navy

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