Navy’s newest warship welcomes royal visitor

SPECIAL GUEST The Duke of Kent on board HMS Duncan
SPECIAL GUEST The Duke of Kent on board HMS Duncan
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SHE is the newest warship to join the Royal Navy’s 
fleet.

And HMS Duncan has already welcomed on board a major royal visitor in the form of the Duke of 
Kent.

The Type 45 destroyer welcomed the Duke on board in his capacity as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards, the ship’s affiliated Army regiment.

He spent a couple of hours on board, taking a good look around the ship and learning about her capabilities.

Later, he sailed from the ship’s home port of Portsmouth and disembarked at the Marchwood military port in Southampton.

Commander James Stride is the commanding officer of HMS Duncan.

He said: ‘We are delighted with our affiliation with the Scots Guards.

‘Today’s visit by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent further cements the relationship between our two services.’

As reported in The News, HMS Duncan was commissioned into the Royal Navy’s fleet at a ceremony in Portsmouth last month.

She is about to undergo a period of sea trials in UK waters.

A navy spokesman said: ‘The Duke was particularly impressed with Duncan’s main armament.

‘He was given a presentation on the role and capabilities of the Type 45 air defence destroyer and toured the ship’s key areas including the bridge, operations room and control centre – the fighting heart of the ship.’

HMS Duncan is the sixth and last of the new Type 45 destroyers built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems.

She comes after Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, and Defender.

All six of them are based in Portsmouth. The Scots Guards are part of the 4th Mechanised Brigade.

Famous for their ceremonial role, they are first and foremost combat infantry soldiers.