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HMS Iron Duke leaves Portsmouth, heading for Atlantic

Portsmouth based war ship HMS Iron Duke has left her home port for a routine deployment across the Atlantic.

The six month deployment will travel across both Northern and Southern hemispheres, enjoying winter and summer in the space of 3 months.

HMS Iron Duke has set sail from Portsmouth this morning Credit: Royal Navy
Crowds wave to the crew onboard HMS Iron Duke Credit: Royal Navy

The deployment is the first for Iron Duke since undergoing a major upgrade.

She's the first Royal Navy warship to be fitted with Artisan, a 3D radar which is five times better than the old version it replaced.

The Type 23 frigate will spend 6 months across the Atlantic Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Iron Duke departs for sea trials after upgrade

HMS Iron Duke heads off for sea trails after a major upgrade Credit: Royal Navy

The Portsmouth-based type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke has returned to the sea for months of trials following a major upgrade. The ship is the first Royal Navy vessel to be fitted with Artisan, which is one of the most advanced radar systems in the world.

The 3D radar is five times more powerful than the system it replaces. Artisan will eventually be rolled out to all the Navy’s 13 Type 23s as well as the two future aircraft carriers, in a £100m naval programme.

HMS Iron Duke's upgrade was carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy