HMS Dun­can reaches Portsmouth naval base


The 7,500-tonne ves­sel, HMS Dun­can, armed with the world-lead­ing Sea Viper mis­sile de­fence sys­tem, has sailed to her new home in Portsmouth, where she will un­dergo a se­ries of tri­als and tests be­fore be­ing com­mis­sioned into the fleet next year.

Her re­lease from ship­builder BAE Sys­tems and ar­rival at the naval base marks the end of a suc­cess­ful 12-year build pro­gramme to pro­vide the Royal Navy with a fleet of the largest and most pow­er­ful air de­fence de­stroy­ers it has ever re­ceived.

The Min­is­ter for De­fence Equip­ment, Sup­port and Tech­nol­ogy, Philip Dunne, said: “The ar­rival of HMS Dun­can in Portsmouth to­day marks the cul­mi­na­tion of the Type 45 pro­gramme with the UK ship­ping in­dus­try to pro­vide the Royal Navy with a fleet of world-class de­stroy­ers.”

“To­gether th­ese ves­sels are a for­mi­da­ble force and will play an im­por­tant part in al­low­ing the Royal Navy to pro­tect our in­ter­ests wher­ever needed around the world.”

The first Type 45, HMS Dar­ing, ar­rived in Portsmouth in Jan­uary 2009. She has been fol­lowed by HMS Daunt­less, HMS Di­a­mond, HMS Dragon, HMS De­fender and now Dun­can. They will all be based in Portsmouth.

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