HMS Dragon (D35)

Instantly recognisable by the Welsh Dragon on her bow, HMS Dragon is one of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 air defence destroyers. Together with her sister vessels, Dragon is one of the most advanced warships in the world.

HMS Dragon (D35) is currently on deployment

Westlant

USA

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7,000+ nautical miles

Range

152 metres

Total length 

8000 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

Numbering more than 200, the crew of HMS Dragon is made up of Aircrewmen, Weapons Engineers, Communications Technicians and more. Together, their roles and responsibilities include:

  • Long-range air target searching
  • Multiple target tracking
  • Long-distance target engagement
  • Helicopter maintenance
  • Assisting with helicopter take-off and landing
  • Operating weapons

Our operations

Current operation

Westlant

USA

Operation Westlant is designed to put the Carrier Strike Group through its paces on the USA Eastern Seaboard.

Our base

Our base

Middle East

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Commanding Officer

Commander Giles Palin

Giles Palin was educated at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight before joining the Royal Navy in 1996.

His Naval career has taken him all around the world including service in the Hong Kong Patrol Vessel HMS Plover, covering the handover of Hong Kong to China.

Biography

HMS Dragon's Role

HMS Dragon's main role is air defence: providing protection to her fellow ships by detecting, interrogating and neutralising enemy threats with the fearsome Sea Viper anti-air missile system. 
 
Versatility is a hallmark of the Type 45 destroyer class, and HMS Dragon is capable of an array of duties outside of her air defence role, from providing disaster relief to counter-narcotics boarding operations.

Having undergone a major upgrade to her weapons, IT, communications and marine engineering systems, HMS Dragon is currently undergoing sea trials in preparation for her third overseas deployment.

 

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RT @ForcesNews: ⚓@HMSDragon has returned to Portsmouth after three months away. During its deployment, which included being part of #WESTL