Frigate made shipshape in readiness for operations
DEVONPORT-based warship HMSMonmouth is undergoing work ahead of her next deployment.
The Type 23 frigate is alongside at her home port of Plymouth while the engineering support work is done before her pre-deployment training.
A new sensor mount is being fitted on top of the vessel, while a welder is working on the engine turbines.
Weapons engineers are also working at the ship's bows aligning the new barrel of the 4.5-inch main gun as it is craned into place.
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Following a well-earned summer leave after a busy six weeks of training at the hands of the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training, the crew has returned to duty to continue maintenance in preparation for further training on future deployments.
The ship's commanding officer, Commander Gordon Ruddock, said: "It is essential that HMS Monmouth is ready for every eventuality, both in terms of her material state and the preparedness of the ship's company."
HMS Monmouth, the sixth of the Type 23 Duke class frigates, is the seventh warship to bear the name and has the most battle honours of any commissioned warship in the Royal Navy.
Leading Seaman Matthew Ashcroft said: "It's been a busy year, so everyone is looking forward to future deployments, and having this time alongside with shore-side help allows us to get some deep maintenance done, replace the items we need to, and make sure everything is as good as it can be before sailing on any deployments."