Duncan takes to the sea

MAIDEN VOYAGE HMS Duncan departs for her first stage of sea trials
MAIDEN VOYAGE HMS Duncan departs for her first stage of sea trials

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THE last of the Royal Navy’s six new Type 45 destroyers has begun sea trials as she prepares to enter service in Portsmouth early next year.

HMS Duncan set sail from BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard to embark on her first stage of sea trials off the west coast of Scotland. During three weeks at sea, she will undergo a trials programme that includes testing her power and propulsion systems.

The ship’s captain, Commander Phil Game, said: ‘Putting to sea for the first time is a significant milestone in the early life of the ship.’

The five previous Type 45s, Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon and Defender, have already been delivered to Portsmouth at a cost of £1bn each.