HMS Duncan passes safety assessments

HMS Duncan enters Portsmouth Harbour. Picture: BAE Systems
HMS Duncan enters Portsmouth Harbour. Picture: BAE Systems

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THE newest warship in the Royal Navy’s fleet passed a safety assessment.

Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan, a brand new Type 45 destroyer, sailed from the naval base to undertake two days of intense training and assessments.

The assessment was carried out under the supervision of staff from the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation.

Commander James Stride, HMS Duncan’s commanding officer, said: ‘It’s really exciting to get HMS Duncan to sea for the first time in Royal Navy hands.

‘It is a testament to all the hard work, not only by our ship’s company, but also all of the outside organisations that support us.’

The assessment was the first time HMS Duncan had left Portsmouth.

The pass means she can now start the next phase of her life.

The ship will undergo a series of sea trials and training around the coast of the UK.

AB2 (CIS) Ali Walker was on board her first ship in the Royal Navy.

She said: ‘It has been a very busy week but a great learning experience for all of us.’

Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships in the British fleet.