Dragon roars home

29 Aug 2011

Dragon, the fourth Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has set sail from the Clyde for the final time.

Dragon set off from the company's Scotstoun yard on Saturday, with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew, as she embarked on the journey to her new home port of Portsmouth. The vessel will be formally handed over to the Royal Navy at a ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. Despite the early start, around 100 employees came to watch as the ship they have worked on since in December 2005 made its final journey down the Clyde.

Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems Surface Ships, said: "Watching Dragon leave the Clyde is a proud moment for everyone involved, as we reflect on our achievements in delivering these advanced warships to the Royal Navy.

"Our team on the Clyde is focused on delivering Defender and Duncan, the fifth and sixth ships in the class to the same exceptionally high standard as their predecessors. Marking a shift in the balance, our engineers in Portsmouth will now work alongside the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to deliver support services to four ships, using the knowledge developed during the design and build programme."

Commanding Officer Darren Houston, said: "Dragon is in top condition for the rigours of the next stage of her sea trials and the challenges ahead.  This has only been possible through the hard work and support we have received from BAE Systems, its sub-contractors and the local Scotstoun community."

BAE Systems is on track to deliver all six Type 45 destroyers to the Royal Navy by early 2013. Defender is currently undergoing final stages of outfit and will head to sea for the first time in November, while outfit and commissioning continues on Duncan, the sixth and final vessel in the class, following her launch in October 2010. Duncan will commence her first stage sea trials in the first half of 2012.

Source: BAE Systems