HMS Montrose wins Fleet award

HMS Montrose has been singled out by the RN’s second most senior sailor for her outstanding safety record and culture.

Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd named the Type 23 the Navy’s ‘safe guardian’ of the past 12 months, presented to the warship or unit which demonstrates the highest standards of Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) protection on board.

The mantra is simple: doing things safely is a priority – a safe ship is a more effective ship and benefits everyone on board.

Montrose has just completed a mammoth passage from Devonport to Bahrain via the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean – a voyage which took her six months and 47,000 miles… on top of a busy period of work-up, Fleet Ready Escort duties and a short stint in the Baltic.

Despite all the changes we have faced in recent times, the team have risen to the challenges and ensured that HMS Montrose and her crew have remained safe throughout.

Sub Lieutenant Craig Wadley RN

Such operational pressures could force safety to take a back seat, but throughout this busy period the SHE team on board the frigate ensured that time constraints did not compromise the ship’s company’s safety; her record was exemplary throughout. During a further period of Operational Sea Training assessors again noted how well the team had performed.

Cdre Steve Dainton, the RN’s senior officer east of Suez, presented the Safe Guardian award to Commander Conor O’Neill shortly before the crew who brought Montrose to the Gulf returned to the UK at the start of crew rotation which will allow the ship to operate in the region for up to three years.

“It has been a team effort since day one,” said Sub Lieutenant Craig Wadley, the ship’s assistant safety, health and environmental officer.

“Despite all the changes we have faced in recent times, the team have risen to the challenges and ensured that HMS Montrose and her crew have remained safe throughout, thus enabling us to deliver the operational success we have had.”