HMS Duncan sails from Portsmouth for the first time

HMS Duncan sails from Portsmouth for the first time. Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies

HMS Duncan sails from Portsmouth for the first time. Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies

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THE Royal Navy’s newest warship has sailed from Portsmouth for the first time today.

HMS Duncan, the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer, is off to spend seven days at sea putting her combat systems to the test.

She will also undertake general sea training.

Richard Dingley, the fleet services director at Portsmouth Naval Base, said: ‘Today marks a big milestone in HMS Duncan’s journey towards operational tasking and we are proud to have delivered her ready for the Royal Navy crew to take her to sea for the first time since she arrived in Portsmouth.

‘Along with the team at BAE Systems I look forward to further supporting this fantastic platform and her sister ships on her future operational taskings

wherever she may be in the world.’

HMS Duncan arrived in Portsmouth in March and was handed over to the navy by builders BAE Systems.

Since then, BAE has been carrying out maintenance and prepared her for rigorous trials over the coming months.

The ship will undergo an intense period of trials off the south coast of the UK before being commissioned int

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