New destroyer commissioned

HMS Duncan, the sixth and last of the Royal Navy's new-generation Type 45 destroyers, is being formally commissioned into the fleet in Portsmouth.

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

Commander James Stride, Duncan's commanding officer, said the event was a proud moment for all personnel serving in the ship.

He said: "To command a new ship is an immense privilege, one for which I will forever be grateful.But this impressive ship, one of a class of the most advanced air destroyers in the world, is northing without its ship's company.

"I am blessed by a highly professional ship's company who are extremely proud of being Duncanites."

New destroyer welcomed into fleet

HMS Duncan is commissioned in Portsmouth today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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

Hundreds of guests, including families of the 190 ship's company will attend a colourful ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

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

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

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