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HMS Monmouth - The Black Duke - Alongside at Devonport

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

Type 23 Frigate HMS MONMOUTH  [F235] known as "The Black Duke"  alongside at Devonport Dockyard on October 24, 2013. She is the only ship in 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. From October 2013 she has been tasked as the Fleet Ready Escort Vessel in home waters.

   
 

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