HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth on her maiden deployment

DEPARTURE HMS Dragon leaving Portsmouth Harbour. Picture: Allan Hutchings
DEPARTURE HMS Dragon leaving Portsmouth Harbour. Picture: Allan Hutchings

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DOZENS of families have waved off sailors aboard HMS Dragon as she set sail on her maiden deployment.

HMS Dragon sailed out of Portsmouth Harbour this morning for a seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

In its first ever deployment the Type 45 destroyer will patrol the busy shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean as part of an anti-piracy operation.

Rhyanne Harvey, 29, of Gosport, was with 20-month-old daughter Theia to wave off husband and father AB Graham Harvey.

Mrs Harvey said she had served in the Royal Navy aboard Type 23s and said it meant a lot to the sailors leaving on deployment to see the support from families and the public.

Mrs Harvey said: ‘It’ll be good for her to see what he’s doing. She knows where he works.

‘I’ll point him out and we’ll wave anyway.

‘It’s the first time I’ve been here to wave somebody off. Before I was the one that was going.’