Type 45 Destroyer set to be commissioned

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THE last of a new-generation of Type 45 Destroyers will be commissioned later this week.

Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan joins new Type 45s HMS Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon and Defender.

Hundreds of guests will be joined by the ship’s company at a ‘Christening’ ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base to mark the ship’s transition into front-line service.

Commander James Stride, who will be Commanding Officer of the ship, said: ‘The event is a proud moment for all personnel serving the ship.

‘The commissioning ceremony marks a major milestone in the life of HMS Duncan.

‘We are delighted that it can be shared with so many distinguished guests, friends, family, affiliates and former Duncanites.’

Along with the crew’s family, the ceremony will also play host to Lady Marie Ibbotson - the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde.

The hour-long ceremony, being held on September 26, will be ended with the Royal Navy tradition of cutting the commissioning cake.

HMS Duncan is due for deployment next year.