HMS Monmouth arrives in Goa, India for port visit

Royal Navy’s HMS Monmouth (F235) frigate has arrived at the port of Mormugua in Goa, India for a scheduled visit, the service said in a statement.

Monmouth has conducted joint manoeuvres and tactics off the coast of Goa with Indian Navy frigate INS Gomati (F21).

During the drills, the gunnery teams fired the heavy machine-guns (HMG) and Miniguns (hand-held Gatling guns) responding to sudden attacks from a fast-attack craft (FAC).

The Plymouth-based frigate is approaching the seven-month mark of a nine-month deployment to the east of Suez, focusing on stopping piracy, arms trafficking and drug smuggling.

HMS Monmouth has now resumed her anti-terrorism patrol in the Indian Ocean and is due to return to Plymouth before Christmas.

In June this year, Monmouth’s Lynx Wildcat helicopter rescued a crewman from the sunken merchant tanker Rama 2 and transferred them to RFA Cardigan Bay for treatment.

HMS Monmouth is the sixth Type 23 Duke-class 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.

INS Gomati (F21) is a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of Indian Navy built by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.

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