Schoolchildren take to the helm of Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon during exciting visit in Gibraltar

EXCITED schoolchildren took to the helm of one of Britain’s most advanced warships during an action-packed day out.

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 2:21 pm
Children in Gibraltar pictured visiting the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Dragon. Photo: MoD Gibraltar/Twitter

Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon welcomed 20 children from St Bernard’s Primary School during a stop in Gibraltar.

The youngsters were given a tour of the £1bn state-of-the-art destroyer during a rare trip onto the ship.

Children took to Dragon’s bridge and were shown some of the vessel’s hi-tech gadgets and equipment used to keep the ship safe at sea.

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Children in Gibraltar pictured visiting the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Dragon. Photo: MoD Gibraltar/Twitter

Some of the pupils even had a chance to sit in the captain’s chair.

The visit was staged by MoD Gibraltar while Dragon was stationed at the British territory earlier this month.

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Writing on Twitter, MoD Gibraltar said: ‘St Bernard's School were invited onboard @HMSDragon as part of their studies.

Children in Gibraltar pictured visiting the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Dragon. Photo: MoD Gibraltar/Twitter

‘Everyone including the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The school kindly sent a thank you cake to the crew which was so delicious it was eaten before a photo could be taken.’

The operation, called Exercise Polaris 21, involves some 26 warships and 6,000 personnel.

Taking place across parts of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the drill is designed to test naval units in every aspect of warfare, from attacks at sea and land to defending against aerial assault.

Children in Gibraltar pictured visiting the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Dragon. Photo: MoD Gibraltar/Twitter

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