Enter the Dragon

17 Nov 2008

The fourth of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 class of anti-air warfare destroyers, Dragon, was successfully launched from the BVT Surface Fleet shipyard at Govan, on the Clyde on Monday 17th November.

The Lady Sponsor, Mrs Susie Boissier, wife of Vice Admiral Paul Boissier, Deputy Commander-In-Chief Fleet & Chief of Staff, named and launched the ship in front of a crowd of almost 12,000. The ceremony included a display by the Royal Marines and entertainment from sea cadets from across the UK.

To celebrate the launch of the iconic ship, an 18 metre long image of a Welsh dragon, was attached to the bow of the ship.

Speaking after the launch, Chief Executive of BVT Surface Fleet, Alan Johnston said: "The launch of Dragon is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the progress that is being made on this programme here on the Clyde and I am delighted that so many people have turned out to share this occasion with us.

"Only four days ago, the second ship in the class, Dauntless departed the Clyde on her maiden voyage, her first set of sea trials off the west coast of Scotland, and today we have seen her magnificent sister ship take to the water for the first time.

"Each of these milestones on the Type 45 contract is testament to the innovation, design and engineering skills of our employees and partners and proof of our commitment to building the next generation of warships for the Royal Navy."

The fleet of six Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyers, in concert with the recently announced Future Aircraft Carrier part of which will also be built at Govan, will provide the backbone of the Royal Navy's air defences for much of the first half of the 21st century.

Each destroyer will be able to engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations in until 2040.


About BVT Surface Fleet

BVT Surface Fleet, a Joint Venture between BAE Systems and VT Group, is a leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of naval ships, delivering complex engineering, integration and through-life support across the lifecycle of a vessel.

With operations in Glasgow, Portsmouth and Filton near Bristol, it employs over 7,000 people and has the facilities, skills and partnerships to set the global standard in excellence as a trusted and innovative through-life surface warship partner in both the UK and export markets.

Further information about BVT Surface Fleet is available at www.bvtsurfacefleet.com.

  • Dragon, the Royal Navy's new anti-war destroyer was also Clyde-built

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