Duncan demonstrates

ON BOARD Michael Fallon is shown the bridge of HMS Duncan as the ship's company is put through training.

ON BOARD Michael Fallon is shown the bridge of HMS Duncan as the ship's company is put through training.

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THE bustling bridge of a warship is an ideal place to get a glimpse of the Royal Navy’s professionalism.

So newly-appointed defence secretary Michael Fallon has made his first visit to sea on board Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan to watch sailors at work.

Mr Fallon, who until recently was the minister for Portsmouth, met the crew of the newest Type 45 destroyer and witnessed their advanced sea training.

This includes simulations of air attacks from fast jets, submarine and missile engagements as well as flood and fire emergencies.

It also tests each crew’s ability to deal with the pressure surrounding a series of potential setbacks.

While being shown around by Rear-Admiral Ben Key, Mr Fallon also witnessed action messing - the emergency distribution of meals in the ship’s mess.

This was used to feed hundreds of British citizens during evacuations from Libya in 2011.

He said: ‘It has been deeply impressive to witness the professional and intense training that takes place here to prepare the Royal Navy for global operations.

‘It has been a pleasure to see the Type 45 destroyer class in action, which along with the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers shows we have world leading maritime capability.’

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