West India Dock welcomed the arrival of Britain’s newest warship, HMS Duncan. The ship was built at the BAE Systems yards at Govan and Scoutstoun on the River Clyde and launched from Govan in 2010.
The HMS Duncan is a Type 45 destroyer and one of the most sophisticated ships in the Royal Navy and went on her maiden voyage in 2015.
The Type 45 destroyers are primarily designed for anti air warfare and have the capability to defend against sophisticated targets such as fighter aircraft and drones. The ship is the first Type 45 destroyer to be armed with the Harpoon anti-ship missile system and has a crew of around 200.
This is not the first HMS Duncan in the area, one of its predecessors, the HMS Duncan of 1901 was launched from the Thames Ironworks at Blackwall.
Guiding the 500 ft warship into the dock took some time but when berthed offers the rare opportunity for people to see the Royal Navy’s latest warship at close quarters.
This is HMS Duncan first visit to London and will be open to the public on 21 and 22nd May 2016, to visit you must book at the Eventbrite website here.
Regular contributor Eric Pemberton managed to get a couple of photographs of the HMS Duncan turning into West India Dock.