Prince of Wales visits HMS Duncan

Prince Charles visits HMS Duncan in Cardiff''Picture:  L(Phot) Nicky Wilson

Prince Charles visits HMS Duncan in Cardiff''Picture: L(Phot) Nicky Wilson

March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

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PRINCE Charles was given a tour of the Portsmouth-based warship HMS Duncan as he arrived for an international summit.

As Admiral of the Fleet, the prince wore his naval uniform and was shown around the state-of-the-art Type-45 destroyer, which is the sixth and final of its class.

Sailors from Portsmouth sailed into Cardiff to provide a steely backdrop for the meeting of world leaders at a Nato summit.

While onboard he inspected the wardroom and control room while accompanied by the Commanding Officer Commander Richard Atkinson. Prince Charles also presented Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) Wayne Peake with a long service and good conduct medal.

CPO Peake, who joined the Navy in 1984 at the age of 17, was involved in Operation Desert Storm while serving on HMS Gloucester in 1991, as well as the liberation of Kuwait.

He said: ‘It has been an brilliant career so far, a real eye-opener. Being presented with this medal by the Admiral of the Fleet is a pinnacle.’

HMS Duncan will remain in Cardiff over the weekend.

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