Russian admiral visits navy’s new destroyer

The ship's company of HMS Westminster at the rededicaton of the ship back into the fleet Picture: LPhot Barry Swainsbury

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THE head of the Russian Navy was shown the full might of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers during a visit to Portsmouth this week.

Admiral Viktor Chirkov was given a tour of HMS Dauntless at Portsmouth Naval Base as part of a visit to the UK.

He toured the key areas of the ship including the operations room, ship’s control centre and bridge.

The commanding officer of HMS Dauntless, Commander Adrian Fryer, said: ‘It was great to see the two fine nations and navies working together in friendship.’

The tour of HMS Dauntless was part of a fact-finding visit to the UK.

The Russian delegates also visited the Royal Navy’s headquarters at Whale Island, Clyde Naval Base and the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.

Admiral Chirkov said he was impressed with the high standard of accommodation for all ranks on board the ship.

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