Warship sails through sea trials off Scotland

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THE last of the Royal Navy’s six new Type 45 destroyers, HMS Duncan, has returned to the Clyde after a successful first month of sea trials.

The £1bn warship, which is due to be based in Portsmouth from spring next year, tested her ability to manoeuvre, fired most of her weapons and flashed up her combat systems during the four weeks of tests off the west coast of Scotland.

‘This was the first time the ship has been to sea and we’ve achieved everything we set out to do – and more,’ said Commander Phil Game, who is Duncan’s senior naval officer.

He added: ‘Everyone involved in the building of Duncan can be justly proud of her.

‘I think our namesake, Admiral Duncan, would be proud of what we as a ship’s company have achieved so far as we bring our ship to life.’

Duncan currently boasts around 70 sailors – just over one third of the full complement of 190 officers and ratings who will crew her when she’s formally handed over by shipbuilders BAE Systems next year.

A second series of trials is lined up for later this autumn before BAE’s team at Scotstoun yard complete their final stages of work on the vessel over the winter.

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