Portsmouth to give a triumphant welcome to HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan, foreground, with  the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt
HMS Duncan, foreground, with the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt
The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

Royal Navy ship shadows a Russian destroyer

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AFTER nine months overseas, the Royal Navy’s newest destroyer was set to make its triumphant return to her home in Portsmouth tomorrow.

Families, friends and navy personnel were expected to pack into the Portsmouth Naval Base to welcome HMS Duncan as she returns.

The Type 45 destroyer left the UK in March and has sailed 43,000 nautical miles, visiting 14 countries during her deployment.

She has policed busy shipping lanes in seven different seas and two oceans and provided protection for the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during air strikes against Isil.

The warship is expected to arrive in Portsmouth at around midday.