November 2, 2015 - Hundreds of families and friends joined the crew of HMS Monmouth last week (29th October) in Plymouth to formally celebrate the ship’s return to operational service.
A rededication service was held at HM Naval Base, Devonport, with a Royal Marines Band, VIPs from the ship’s affiliate area of Monmouth in South Wales and a formal parade in front of an audience of about 300 proud families, former serving personnel from the ship and other military and civilian guests.
HMS Monmouth was berthed at a jetty next to the event dressed with ceremonial pennants from bow to stern to mark the beginning of her renewed operational life, having undergone major refit and upgrade.
Commander Philip Tilden, the ship’s captain, said, “Looking back we should be rightly proud of what has been achieved to return the ship into the fleet as fighting fit.
"Today has been a wonderful opportunity to mark this significant occasion and invite all those who have supported the ship throughout her life, as well as families and friends.
"Now we look to the future – as she is now ready to sail into the 21st century in service of the nation.’’