UK Frigate Repositions to Bahrain for 3-Year Counter-Narcotics and Counter-Terrorism Mission
April 11: The UK Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose has arrived in Bahrain to begin a three-year mission.
HMS Montrose will conduct regular patrols dealing with drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean – where HMS Dragon scored a record-breaking eight busts over the winter – supporting counter-terrorism and counter-smuggling operations, and work with Middle East and allied navies to ensure the safety and security of this key region.
Instead of returning home to the UK after a six to nine-month deployment, Montrose is being stationed in Bahrain until 2022 to ensure a permanent presence and spare warships the lengthy passage to and from Britain, time which could be spent on patrol in the Middle East.
Source: Royal Navy