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Jubilant scenes as HMS Montrose returns

Hundreds of relatives and friends were waiting to welcome home the crew Photo: ITV Westcountry

Hundreds of people have welcomed home HMS Montrose back to Plymouth. The ship has been on a six month deployment to the South Atlantic. There were scenes of joy on the jetty as the 185 crew members disembarked into the arms of loved ones.

HMS Montrose left Devonport on October 24th last year. During its time away the frigate has been protecting overseas territories, including the Falkland Islands. It stopped at six of the United Kingdom's 14 remaining overseas territories. The crew were welcomed home having navigated more than 35,000 nautical miles.

HMS Montrose has returned to Plymouth after a six month deployment Credit: ITV Westcountry

HMS Multrose has patrolled in three oceans and visited five continents during its latest deployment. The ship's commanding officer Commander Jonathan Lett says the crew faced 'significant challenges' while they were away.

The ship sailed into Plymouth Sound, welcomed by a seven-gun salute by 29 Commando at Plymouth Citadel.

It is with great pleasure that once again we are able to welcome our affiliated frigate and colleagues from HMS Montrose back after their challenging deployment to the South Atlantic. Firing a salute to HMS Montrose across the waters of Plymouth Sound is always a brilliant spectacle for the City of Plymouth.

– Major Jon Cresswell, 29 Commando