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HMS Dragon arrives in Portsmouth, official handover this afternoon
The Royal Navy's newest warship, the Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon, has arrived in Portsmouth Harbour for the first time today. She will be officially handed over to the Royal Navy from the builders BAE Systems in a ceremony aboard her this afternoon. HMS Dragon is the fourth of six of this class of vessel to be built.
New Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer sets sail from Clyde
The latest hi-tech warship built for the Royal Navy has left the Clyde to be handed over to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), BBC News reports. The Type 45 destroyer, Dragon, is the fourth ship of its kind built by BAE Systems in Glasgow. A joint team from the shipbuilder and the Royal Navy has taken charge of the vessel for its journey to Portsmouth. As HMS Dragon, the vessel will be one of six of its type, equipped with Sea Viper anti-air missiles. Each will be able to carry 60 troops and has a large flight deck, able to accommodate a helicopter the size of a Chinook. In removing civilians from an emergency situation, 700 people can be taken on board. More with pic http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-14692181
Dragon rescues 5 sailors off Mull of Kintyre
New destroyer HMS Dragon saved the crew of yacht Sceptre and her five-strong crew flashed an SOS as she drifted helplessly in strong rip tides and rough conditions towards the shore. The mayday was picked up by the £1bn destroyer, currently in the middle of her second period of sea trials off the west coast of Scotland. The Type 45 was fortunately just six miles away from the yacht at the time – and just 25 minutes after picking up the distress call, Dragon was able to put her sea boat in the water to offer assistance. Five minutes later and the boat had a tow line across to the yacht. For the next 16 minutes it struggled amid high waves and a strong tidal race to haul the Sceptre until the tow parted. Read more at http://www.safety4sea.com/page/4048/5/new-destroyer-hms-dragon-saved-the-crew-of-a-yacht-Upload News