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Commanding Officer of HMS DRAGON, Captain Ian Lower (left) and the ships Executive Officer Lt Cdr Fitzpatrick

Commanding Officer of HMS DRAGON, Captain Ian Lower (left) and the ships Executive Officer Lt Cdr Fitzpatrick

Michelle Bates, WO2 Lloyd Gillingham, Noah, six, and Gunner Ryan Hancock
Pictures: Habibur Rahman

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THE crew of HMS Dragon have speedily rowed the Suez Canal in just under 11 hours.

The 81 sailors and marines of the Portsmouth-based ship finished the 162km distance in just 10 hours and 37 minutes.

But this latest group of Royal Navy athletes to take up the challenge were safe and dry inside Dragon’s hangar, taking it in turns on rowing machines.

Each sailor covered 2,000 metres, paying £2 each to charity.

Marine Andrew Coan smashed the challenge, finishing in just 6 minutes and 54 seconds, while fastest woman Able Seaman Sophia Burn finished her leg in 7 minutes and 59 seconds.

The Type 45 destroyer is at the start of her six-month deployment east of Suez.

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