Technical hitch delays HMS Duncan’s departure

HMS Duncan as seen from the south side of the Clyde. The latest Type 45 destroyer built at BAE Systems at South Street, Glasgow. Launching this week.  Picture Robert Perry  The Scotsman 12th March 2013
HMS Duncan as seen from the south side of the Clyde. The latest Type 45 destroyer built at BAE Systems at South Street, Glasgow. Launching this week. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 12th March 2013
HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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HMS Duncan’s departure from Scotland today has been delayed because of a technical issue.

The Royal Navy’s sixth and final Type 45 destroyer was due to leave BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard today, before sailing into Portsmouth for the first time on Wednesday.

But the shipbuilding firm said it had found a potential technical hitch and the planned departure has been delayed.

A spokesman for BAE Systems said: ‘We are working with the Ministry of Defence to resolve the issue at the earliest opportunity and anticipate the ship will leave the Clyde in the coming days with no significant impact to the programme.

‘We will send further information about the revised departure time of Duncan in due course.’