HMS Monmouth on nine month Mid East tour

HMS Monmouth has left her home port in Plymouth. Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy warship has sailed from her base port, HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth on maritime policing patrol waved off by families braving wet weather.

HMS Monmouth, affectionately known as the Black Duke, has left the UKfor nine months, deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and surroundingareas.

Among the many tasks HMS Monmouth is ready to conduct are maritime security to protect trade routes, defence engagement with the UK’s partners in the gulf and illegal drug interdiction.