Posted on March 11, 2019
The Plymouth-based frigate is enjoying six days at Harumi Wharf, after working with the US Navy on maritime security operations in the South China Sea. She is the fourth Royal Navy ship to visit the Japanese capital in the last 12-months. HMS Montrose follows HMS Sutherland, HMS Albion and, most recently, HMS Argyll, who have each visited the capital.
Like her predecessors she’s conducting exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force – she’s berthed next to the destroyer Murasame at Harumi – and the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, the latest workout involving the three allied navies. Such joint operations are intended to generally support peace in the western Pacific Rim and specifically to put pressure on North Korea and Pyongyang’s illegal nuclear programme.
The frigate is in the final stages of a mammoth journey from Devon to Bahrain which has taken her to the Caribbean, South America, numerous South Pacific idylls, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. She’ll soon take up station in the Gulf where she’ll be based for up to three years at the Royal Navy’s new support facility.