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F235 HMS Monmouth, 70th Anniversary Dunkirk, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 27, 2010

The Royal Navy Type 23 Duke-class frigate, HMS Monmouth (F235 ) berthed at the Admiralty Pier's CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour.

The photo was taken at 7.17 pm on Wednesday, 26th of May, 2010, from a point between the Porthole Shelters (to the right) and the Lighthouse (to the left) on the Prince of Wales Pier.

HMS Monmouth is en route to Ramsgate where she will take part in a re-enactment of the Second World War Dunkerque/Dunkirk evacuation on the 27th of May (1):

A fleet of 'Little Ships' that took part in the Dunkirk evacuations has gathered in Ramsgate ahead of the 70th anniversary of the event.

Up to 60 small vessels that assisted in Operation Dynamo, which started on 26 May 1940, will re-enact their journey.

A fleet of fishing boats and pleasure craft assisted naval vessels in the evacuation of about 300,000 Allied troops from the French coast.

Ramsgate`s Royal Harbour Marina was the reception centre for returning troops.

The Statue of Vice-Admiral Ramsay, who organised the evacuation of the Allied forces, is located in the grounds of Dover Castle.

Footage from the Dunkirk evacuation is shown in "Dover in World War Two: 1942", a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

HMS Monmouth (F235) is the sixth Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She is the seventh ship to bear the name and was launched by Lady Eaton in 1991, being commissioned two years later. She visited Wellington in June 1995 in company with RFA Brambleleaf, the first U.K. or U.S. warship to visit New Zealand since the 1985 ANZUS dispute.

Affectionately known as 'The Black Duke', HMS 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 James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth in 1685 following the Monmouth Rebellion against James II of England.

In early 2004 the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Patrol Task North. In 2006 HMS Monmouth underwent operational sea training, conducted by Flag Officer Sea Training, in which she spent six weeks fighting off staged attacks by ships and submarines.

HMS Monmouth returned to berth at her home port HMNB Devonport on the 3rd December 2007 having completed a circumnavigation of the globe, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii and taking part in a FPDA Exercise.

In 2008 she went into refit.

In 2009 she went to the Gulf and came back in April, 2010. (2)

HMS Monmouth has more battle honours than any other ship in the Fleet (3):

Sole Bay 1672 Texel 1673, Barfleur 1692 Vigo 1702, Gibraltar 1704, Velez Malaga 1704, Finisterre 1747 Ushant 1747, Foudroyant 1758 Belle Isle 1761, Sadras 1782 Providien 1782, Negapatam 1782 Trincomalee 1782, Camperdown 1797 Egypt 1801

Career (2):

Name: HMS Monmouth (F235)

Operator: Royal Navy

Ordered: July 1988

Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders

Laid down: 1 June 1989

Launched: 23 November 1991

Commissioned: 24 September 1993

Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth

Motto: 'Fear Nothing But God'

Status: In active service, as of 2010

General Characteristics (2):

Class and type: 'Duke'-class Type 23 frigate

Displacement: 4,900 tonnes

Length: 133 m (463 ft 3 in)

Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)

Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)

Propulsion: CODLAG (Combined Diesel-eLectric And Gas), 2 × Rolls-Royce Spey boost gas-turbines, 4 × Paxman Valenta diesel engines, 2 × GEC electric motors

Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)

15 knots (28 km/h) on diesel-electric

Range: 7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)

Complement: 185

Armament: 2 x quadruple Harpoon launchers total of 8 harpoons, 1 x Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS total of 32 missiles, 2 x twin 12.75in (324mm) tubes for Stingray ASW torpedoes total of 24 torpedoes, 1 x 4.5-inch Mk 8 DP gun, 2 x DS 30B 30mm AA guns, 2 x CIWS

Aircraft carried: 1 x Lynx HMA.Mk3/8 or Merlin HM.Mk 1 helicopter armed with anti submarine and ship missiles and torpedoes.

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(1) BBC News: Ships gather in Ramsgate ahead of Dunkirk re-enactment

(2) Wikipedia: HMS Monmouth

(3) Royal Navy: HMS Monmouth

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John Latter on May 27, 2010

Also see the Daily Telegraph article, "Dunkirk veterans return to site of evacuation", dated Thursday, May 27th, 2010:

Second World War veterans will make an emotional journey across the English Channel to Dunkirk today to mark the 70th anniversary of the celebrated evacuation.

The former troops, accompanied by their families, will attend a ceremony at the French port to commemorate the historic rescue mission.

They will set sail from Dover following a departure ceremony attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent's office, senior military, government officials, police and others.

The Parachute Regimental Band will perform on the dockside, together with a 200-voice choir from the Royal Choral Society, who will also accompany the veterans on the journey to Dunkirk.

Fifty of the original ''little ships'' involved in the evacuation - many of which were private fishing or pleasure boats drafted in to help - will also set sail for Dunkirk.

They began leaving Ramsgate in Kent this morning and will be escorted by HMS Monmouth.

John Latter on May 30, 2010

Also see the Royal Navy Landing Craft, Western Docks, Dover Harbour photo, taken on May 29th, 2010.

The landing craft is shown on its way to Dunkirk, France, to pick up cyclists who participated in a bike ride to aid the Help for Heroes charity (co-incident with the 70th Anniversary Dunkirk evacuation commemorations).

John Latter on November 28, 2012
John Latter on March 31, 2013

Also see:

P272 HMS Smiter Fast Training Boat, Dover Marina Lifeboat Station, United Kingdom

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  • Uploaded on May 27, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/26 19:17:10
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.30 EV
    • No flash