Duncan takes to the waves

16 Nov 2012

Duncan the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer built by BAE Systems, has today set sail from the company's Scotstoun shipyard on the Clyde to embark on her second stage sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.

During the next 19 days at sea, DUNCAN will undertake an extensive programme of trials, including final testing of the ship's power and propulsion, combat systems, navigational and communications equipment ahead of her handover to the Royal Navy in March next year.

Jennifer Osbaldestin, Type 45 Programme Director at BAE Systems, said: "Today marks a significant achievement in what has been a highly successful Type 45 programme as the final ship embarks on her sea trials. The team has worked tirelessly to put DUNCAN to sea to demonstrate her outstanding capabilities and there is a real sense of pride at reaching this milestone.

"The effective partnering between industry, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence has been key to the success of this programme and will continue to drive DUNCAN towards Acceptance off Contract in March, when all six Type 45 destroyers will have been delivered to the Royal Navy."

Following her sea trials, DUNCAN will return to the Clyde for final integration and testing, before setting sail for her home port of Portsmouth. Working alongside the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the Type 45 destroyers, coordinating all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to the fleet.

The Type 45 Class Output Management team has successfully supported HMS DARING, DAUNTLESS and DIAMOND during their overseas deployments and continues to support HMS DRAGON and DEFENDER throughout their training periods as the vessels prepare for upcoming deployments.

Source: BAE Systems