DESTROYER HMS Duncan has joined two huge Nimitz-class US warships in an international flotilla to carry out joint exercises in the Mediterranean.
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 sailed alongside 200,000 tonnes of naval might as she slipped into the USS John C Stennis and USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle groups off the coast of Malta.
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In doing so the ship’s company have been honing skills needed to work with Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
Duncan is one of six Type 45 destroyers built to defend a task group from air attack as well as to guide jet fighters and bombers on to targets.