HMS Montrose is a Type 23 Duke class frigate based in Plymouth and has been our long-standing naval affiliate since 1998. Our association remains very active, with Liverymen occasionally visiting the ship at home and when deployed operationally overseas. We provide a Team prize each year and host members of the ship’s crew at Livery functions.
HMS Montrose Sails From Devonport Once More
On 7 July, HMS Montrose sailed from Devonport, Plymouth for the first time since she entered an extended refit period in 2014, under the command of her new captain, Commander Conor O’Neill Royal Navy.
The refit saw a vast amount of work conducted on the ship, including deep maintenance to maintain her material state and upgrades to key
systems to keep her at the cutting edge of military technology. Foremost among the upgrades was the installation of the Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile system, replacing the venerable Sea Wolf missile, which first saw service in the Falklands conflict in 1982. Cdr O’Neill commented, “It has been a very proud moment for everyone onboard taking Montrose back to sea. We look forward to seeing more Distillers onboard and at sea in the near future.”
She rejoins the fleet formally in November. The rededication ceremony will take place on November 23 at Her Majesty’s naval base Devonport, where our Distillers company will be represented by Steve Wilson and Nick Carr.
** We received a note from HMS Montrose which explained why the captain could not accept the lunch invitation to the recent Court meeting. **
825 NAS Squadron
825 Naval Air Squadron – our naval aviation affiliate – is based at Yeovilton in Somerset. The Squadron provides the flight crew and support teams for the front line Wildcat helicopters that serve on board the fleet worldwide. The Distillers’ prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding young engineer in training.
London Scottish Regiment
The London Scottish Regiment (part of the London Regiment) is our Army affiliated territorial unit. The regiment is paired with the Scots Guards, with whom their personnel have been on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Being the London Scottish, the regiment has a strong association with our whisky heritage.