SHE hasn’t even arrived in Portsmouth yet, but HMS Duncan has already got her first full ship’s company.
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer and her 110 sailors are currently undergoing sea trials before she heads for the city in March.
But another 80 sailors who will eventually join the ship and make up her full complement of 190 have now assembled at Portsmouth Naval Base.
As HMS Duncan will not arrive in Portsmouth until March, the new shipmates will spend the next few weeks dispersed among the Royal Navy’s five other Type 45s for on-board training.
Then they will team up with their new ship, and the 110 sailors already on board, when Duncan arrives in her home port in March.
Among the 80 sailors to now join the ship is Able Seaman Warfare Specialist Karl Murray.
He said: ‘I am extremely excited to be joining one of the most advanced warships in the world, particularly with this being my first draft on a ship since joining the Royal Navy. I am looking forward to finding out more about her roles and capabilities during our forthcoming period of sea trials.’
HMS Duncan is the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer after Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon and Defender. The first Type 45, HMS Daring, entered Portsmouth for the first time in 2009. They are the largest and most powerful destroyers to ever be built for the Royal Navy.
HMS Duncan was launched in October 2010 and was built by BAE Systems on the Clyde.
In November last year, HMS Duncan began her first sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.
The warship will be officially handed over to the Royal Navy in March next year.