PortandTerminal.com, July 29, 2019
A second British warship, HMS Duncan, will head to the Gulf as the Iran tanker battle escalates.
LONDON, ENGLAND – Britain will send a second warship to the Gulf next week amid heightening tensions with Iran.
HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will be dispatched ahead of schedule to the region to help to shadow British merchant vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
It will join HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, which veered close to a military confrontation with Iranian patrol boats on Wednesday, driving them off after they harassed a UK-flagged tanker.
The HMS Duncan
HMS Duncan is the sixth and last of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy and launched in 2010. The vessel was built by BAE Systems Surface Ships at a cost of $1.6 billion dollars.
It is frequently claimed by the ship’s crew that HMS Duncan can detect a ‘tennis ball-sized object moving at 3-times the speed of sound, from over 100 miles away
The vessel is designed primarily for anti-aircraft and anti-missile warfare and is equipped to carry up to two Wildcat helicopters (pictured above) and one Westland Merlin helicopter.
The video above shows footage of the HMS Dragon, a sister ship of the HMS Duncan and also a Type 45 Destroyer.
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