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UK to offer two Type 23 frigates at Hellenic Navy


According to information published by the Times on August 2, 2021, as part of the Greek procurement of new frigates, the Royal Navy will offer two Type 23 frigates, HMS Monmouth and HMS Montrose with the Babcock offer of four Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigates.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth (Picture source: Flickr)


The HMS Montrose is a Type 23 or Duke class of frigates in service with the British Navy. She was laid down in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde, and was launched on 31 July 1992. She was commissioned into service in June 1994.

HMS Montrose – the 5th of the frigate fleet – has highly sensitive suite of radars which allows the ship to track aircraft and missiles up to 120 miles, and a missile system with a 20+ mile range.

She is equipped with sonar to detect submarines and a helicopter armed with torpedoes and depth charges, which means – if we have to – she can take the fight to submarines many miles away from the ship.

HMS Monmouth was the sixth "Duke"-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was the seventh ship to bear the name and was launched by Lady Eaton in 1991, being commissioned two years later.

The Type 23 or Duke-class frigate was designed to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions, but the ship is equipped with an additional vertical-launched Seawolf naval surface-to-air missile system and the Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface missile to be used as anti-surface warfare (ASuW) ship. The ship is armed with one 32-cell Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS canisters for able to fire Sea Wolf (range 1–10 km) or Sea Ceptor missiles (1–25+ km), two quad Harpoon launchers, two twins 12.75 in (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes, one BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun, two 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns, or, 2 × 30 mm DS30B guns, two Miniguns, and four General-purpose machine guns.