Navy’s newest destroyer begins final sea trials

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THE last of the Royal Navy’s six new Type 45 destroyers has set sail on a second stage of sea trials.

Over the next 19 days, HMS Duncan will undertake final testing of the ship’s power and propulsion, combat systems, and other equipment off the west coast of Scotland.

The warship, which will be based in Portsmouth, will be handed over to the Royal Navy in March next year.

Jennifer Osbaldestin, the Type 45 programme director at BAE Systems, said: ‘The team has worked tirelessly to put Duncan to sea to demonstrate her outstanding capabilities and there is a real sense of pride at reaching this milestone.’

After the sea trials, HMS Duncan will return to the Clyde for final integration and testing, before setting sail for Portsmouth

Commander Phil Game, HMS Duncan’s senior naval officer, said: ‘My Royal Navy personnel are very much looking forward to joining our established Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems teams taking Duncan to sea for the second and final contractor sea trials period and putting our ship through her paces.’

Duncan is the sixth new destroyer after Dragon, Dauntless, Diamond, Daring and Defender.