Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dragon sails today for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking.
Less than a year after she returned from operations in the Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean the Type 45 destroyer will take over from HMS Iron Duke to continue the UK’s commitment to the region, building on the UK’s strong ties with its allies.
During her time away Dragon will visit several ports in the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as visiting a number of West African States to build on UK relationships.
Video. HMS Dragon coming into Portsmouth as family and friends wait for them.
Video. William Hughes seeing his daughter Evie and fiance Rachel for the first time in 7 months.
HMS Dragon has returned home after eight months of operations in the Indian Ocean and Mediteranean.
Her main task was ensuring maritime security and to counter piracy controls.
The ship fired a seventeen gun salute as she approached the harbour to mark her return.
Family and friends of those aboard the ship welcomed them home with cheers, banners and a marching band.
Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon has flown four different types of aircraft during her operations in the Gulf.
The new air defence warship was designed with a large flight deck which can accommodate many different types of aircraft.
In one week, the ship has operated a US Navy and US Marine Corps helicopter as well as all three types of Royal Navy helicopter.
Lieutenant Commander Jason White, the Principle Warfare Officer on board HMS Dragon,said:
“Our sensors are highly sophisticated and provide plenty of information about the
operating environment. The challenge we have is in adapting our procedures to make the most out of our mutual capabilities.”