A ‘Class’ show of force

Three of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships have taken the rare opportunity of being photographed together off England’s south coast.

Her Majesty’s ships Dragon, Duncan and Dauntless recently took part in Officer-of-the-Watch manoeuvres as part of their Operational Sea Training (OST) in the South West exercise area.

Following an intense ‘Thursday War’ in the glorious summer sunshine the three Type 45 Destroyers broke away and sailed together in formation.

With all six of the Type 45s now in service the arrival of Duncan at OST has been an important milestone in the ships’ history – expanding the Royal Navy’s global reach and expanding its air defence.

With all six Type 45 Destroyers now in service and delivering on operations across the globe, I believe that the T45 has very much come of age.

Captain Rex Cox

The Type 45 is expected to have a life expectancy of 30 to 40 years and is quickly proving itself a capable class with HMS Daring having undertaken a global deployment last year and providing humanitarian assistance the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan while HMS Diamond recently took part in the removal of chemical weapons from Syria.

HMS Dragon’s Commanding Officer, Captain Rex Cox, said: “With all six Type 45 Destroyers now in service and delivering on operations across the globe, I believe that the T45 has very much come of age.”