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First Minister and Welsh Secretary pay visit to HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon is moored in Cardiff until Sunday. Photo: ITV Wales

The Welsh Secretary David Jones and First Minister Carwyn Jones visited the Royal Navy ship HMS Dragon in Cardiff today.

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh Secretary David Jones on the bridge of HMS Dragon. Credit: ITV Wales

The Type-45 destroyer is in the capital until Sunday to receive the Freedom of the City.

It is only the tenth time since 1886 - when records began - that the honour has been given to a public body.

The visit comes ahead of the NATO summit in Newport this September.

Some quick HMS Dragon facts:

  • She's one of six Type 45 destroyers in the Royal Navy
  • She can travel at a speed of 27 knots
  • She has a crew of 190
  • She can carry a Lynx or Merlin helicopter
HMS Dragon's Sea Viper Anti-Air Missiles are housed below these hatches. Credit: ITV Wales
The bridge of HMS Dragon. Credit: ITV Wales
The captain's chair on HMS Dragon. Credit: ITV Wales
HMS Dragon's position (black circles) in Cardiff. Credit: ITV Wales

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