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HMS Dragon returns to Portsmouth after three months

The destroyer HMS Dragon returned to Portsmouth today after spending three months off the coast of the USA.

She's been part of the UK Carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The carrier has been on trials which saw the first landing on her deck of UK owned F35 jets. She's due back in her home port within days.

HMS Dragon returns to Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

Cdr Giles Palin, Captain, HMS Dragon

Facts and figures about HMS Dragon:

7000+
nautical miles
152 m
In length
8000
tonnes - Total displacement
Hundreds of people gathered in Portsmouth to welcome HMS Dragon home Credit: ITV Meridian

Instantly recognisable by the Welsh Dragon on her bow, HMS Dragon is one of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 air defence destroyers.

Together with her sister vessels, Dragon is one of the most advanced warships in the world.