HMS Monmouth (F235)
|Laid down:||1 June 1989|
|Launched:||23 November 1991|
|Commissioned:||24 September 1993|
|Homeport:||HMNB Devonport, Plymouth|
|Motto:||'Fear Nothing But God'|
|Nickname:||"The Black Duke"|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Type 23 Frigate|
|Displacement:||4,900 tonnes, standard|
|Length:||133 m (436 ft 4 in)|
|Beam:||16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)|
|Draught:||7.3 m (23 ft 9 in)|
|Propulsion:||CODLAG with four 1,510 kW (2,025 shp) Paxman Valenta 12CM diesel generators powering two GEC electric motors delivering 2,980kW (4000 shp) and two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A delivering 23,190 kW (31,100 shp) to two shafts|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), HMS Sutherland achieved 34.4 knots (63.7 km/h; 39.6 mph) during high-speed trials (November 2008)|
|Range:||14,485 kilometres (9,001 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1×Lynx HMA8, armed with;
1×Westland Merlin HM1, armed with;
Affectionately known as 'The Black Duke', 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 the Duke of Monmouth in 1685 following the Monmouth Rebellion against James II of England.
Operational history 
In early 2004 the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Patrol Task North. In 2006 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.
Monmouth returned to berth at her home port HMNB Devonport on 3 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 and in 2009 deployed to the Gulf, returning in April 2010.
On 27 May 2010, she escorted the fleet of "little ships" commemorating the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk on 27 May-4 June 1940 of approximately 340,000 British and French soldiers, and one of the most celebrated military events in British history.
Monmouth spent June 2011 in the Indian Ocean patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of the ongoing multi-national anti-piracy operations in the region. The deployment also saw her spend some time in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles where she took part in the islands' Independence celebrations.
In February 2012, Monmouth began a six week refit period at Devonport's frigate shed, following on from a seven month deployment in the Indian Ocean which began in 2011. For the refit, the ship was taken out of the water into an enclosed dry-dock.
Commanding officers 
- Commander Paul Lemkes (1999-2000)
- Commander Tim Stockings (2000-2002)
- Commander Guy Haywood (2003–2005)
- Commander T J Peacock (2008-2009)
- Commander Tony Long (2009-2010)
- Commander Bassett (2010-2012)
- Commander Ruddock (May 2012 – Present)
- 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
- Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers
- No. 70 Squadron RAF
- No. 19 Squadron RAF
- Town of Monmouth
- Worshipful Company of Drapers
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