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Final Type 45 destroyer enters service early

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan sails into Portsmouth for the first time [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Sutton, Crown copyright]


30 December 2013 Ministry of Defence


HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy's sixth Type 45 destroyer, has entered into service 4 months ahead of schedule.


The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties now.

The 7,500-tonne vessel will now embark on a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.

HMS Duncan is the final Type 45 to enter service with the Royal Navy. Her handover to the fleet marks the end of a 13-year build programme with BAE Systems to deliver the 6 ships – Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.

Armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defence system which can neutralise threats up to 70 miles away, the Type 45s are the most powerful air defence destroyers ever used by the Royal Navy.

HMS Duncan
Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan pictured during trials off Scotland (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Stu Hill, Crown copyright]

Measuring 152 metres in length, HMS Duncan and her sister ships are longer than 16 double-decker buses laid end-to-end and as tall as an electricity pylon. And her onboard power plant can supply enough electricity to light a town of 80,000 people.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

Thanks to the skill and hard work of the commanding officer, the ship’s company and their MOD and industry partners, HMS Duncan has entered service 4 months early. It is testament to the improving control of projects across the armed forces and significant dedication across defence that all 6 ships of the Type 45 class are now in the hands of the Royal Navy.

The Type 45 programme has provided the Royal Navy with one of the most sophisticated and effective air defence ships available anywhere in the world. We expect these vessels to see decades of service protecting the UK’s interests around the world, including providing humanitarian aid as we saw recently with HMS Daring’s efforts in the Philippines.

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27 septembre 2013 5 27 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Final Type 45 destroyer commissioned

Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company line up on the dockside at the ship's commissioning ceremony (Picture: Leading Airman Maxine Davies, UK MoD)


27 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support



HMS Duncan, the sixth and last of the Royal Navy's new-generation Type 45 destroyers, has been formally commissioned into the fleet.


Hundreds of guests, including families of the 190-strong ship’s company, attended a ‘christening’ ceremony yesterday, 26 September, at Portsmouth Naval Base to mark the ship’s transition into front line service.

The event marks a significant milestone for the fleet of Portsmouth-based Type 45s – the most powerful ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony
HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

The first Type 45, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009 and has been followed by her sister ships Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and now Duncan.

Principal guests at the commissioning ceremony included Lady Marie Ibbotson – the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde in October 2010 – and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas. Dignitaries from the ship’s affiliated cities of Belfast and Dundee and veterans from the last HMS Duncan – a Type 14 frigate in service between 1957 and 1985 – were also present.

Lady Marie Ibbotson takes the salute
Lady Marie Ibbotson, the ship's sponsor, takes the salute during HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

Commander James Stride, Duncan’s Commanding Officer, said the event was a proud moment for all personnel serving on 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.

Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company
Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

The hour-long ceremony was rounded off in traditional Royal Navy fashion with the cutting of a commissioning cake. Performing the honour was the commanding officer’s wife, Emma, along with the youngest member of the ship’s company, Logistician (Steward) Clancey Welford, aged 18.

The first 4 Type 45s have already experienced life on operational deployments and the fifth, HMS Defender, is due to deploy for the first time next year.

Now commissioned, HMS Duncan will continue an intense period of trials and training around the UK lasting well into next year before being ready to undertake operational tasking along with her sister ships around the globe.

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