The ship, affiliated to the cities of Dundee and Belfast, will be launched by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Marie Ibbotson, wife of Vice Admiral Richard Ibbotson CB DSC Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet. Over 10,000 people are expected to join the celebrations to watch Duncan slip into the Clyde for the first time.
Alan Johnston, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “Duncan is the heaviest and most advanced of all of the Type 45s at launch. This has been achieved by applying lessons learnt from her sister vessels, and working closely with industry partners, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence. Her launch tomorrow is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.”
BAE Systems is over half way through the programme to deliver all six ships to the Royal Navy by the end of 2013. The first of class, HMS Daring, entered service on 31 July and is currently on her first operational deployment, while HMS Dauntless, the second of class, was handed over to the Royal Navy last December and commissioned into service in June. The third ship, Diamond, was handed over only three weeks ago and is preparing for stage two sea trials with the Royal Navy. The fourth ship, Dragon, will undertake her first sea trials next month, while the final stages of outfit are underway on Defender, the fifth ship in the class.
BAE Systems will also provide in-service support to the fleet coordinating all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to the Type 45s, improving ship availability and reducing through life support costs to enable the Royal Navy to meeting its operational commitments around the world.
The Type 45 destroyer is the largest and most powerful air defence destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy and will provide UK Defence with a world-class military capability. The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK's naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster-relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.
Each destroyer will be able to engage a 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 until 2040.
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