HMS Duncan heads for Portsmouth

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THE Royal Navy’s sixth and final Type 45 destroyer is heading for Portsmouth after suffering a technical hitch.

HMS Duncan was due to leave BAE Systems’ Glasgow shipyard on Friday.

HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan

But her departure was cancelled after an issue with a high-pressure valve system.

She left the shipyard yesterday afternoon. The date of her arrival in Portsmouth has yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the GMB union, which represents hundreds of shipbuilding staff, has praised BAE Systems for the way it has handled the Type 45 project.

Jim Moohan, of GMB, said: ‘HMS Duncan is a £1bn ship of class and quality. It confirms the importance of the co-operation between the surviving UK yards.

‘Without this I have no doubt the orders would not have been won to stabilize the remaining yards from Portsmouth, A&P Appledore Devon; A & P Tyne; Camel Laird Birkenhead and Clyde to Rosyth.

Immense credit is given to BAE Systems, the employees and the trade unions for total commitment.’