New departure date for HMS Duncan after technical hitch

DELAYED: HMS Duncan in Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry
DELAYED: HMS Duncan in Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry
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THE Royal Navy’s sixth and final new Type 45 destroyer has had its arrival in Portsmouth delayed after a technical hitch.

HMS Duncan was due to leave the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow on Friday, but was delayed because of a technical problem.

The firm has now said she will make her departure tomorrow at 2.30pm, delaying her first ever arrival in Portsmouth this week.

A spokesman said a new arrival date will be confirmed later this week.

The problem was with a high pressure valve system, which provides oil-free air to various parts of the ship.