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        HMS Iron Duke

        HMS Iron Duke

        HMS Iron Duke is nearing completion of her 8 weeks of Operational Sea Training alongside in Devonport, Plymouth and the waters of the English Channel.

        virtutis fortuna comes - Fortune is the companion of valour

        Ship's Motto
        Iron Duke back at sea after major upgrade

        In the weeks of training so far, the Ship’s Company of over 180 men and women from around the UK and the Commonwealth have dealt with simulated war, fires, flood, famine, disasters and intruders - practising for any eventuality that may occur to a Royal Navy warship on deployment across the globe.

        The team at Flag Officer Sea Trainng have put Iron Duke through her paces, building up the crew’s knowledge, ability and determination to succeeed in daily tests, usually starting very early in the morning and finishing very late at night.

        With further successes in testing the new Artisan 3D radar, crammed inbetween the tough training regime, HMS Iron Duke is close to completing the course before returning to her base port of Portsmouth ready for a short maintenance period to ready her for Deploying away from the UK for the remainder of the year.


        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Tom Tredray

        Tom Tredray
        RANK:
        Commander
        JOINED:
        1991
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Chiddingfold, Brocklesby
        Military experience

        Tom Tredray was educated at Ardingly College, West Sussex and Exeter University, before joining the Royal Navy in 1991.

        Following Fleet training in HM Ships Shetland and Chatham, he joined the Hong Kong Squadron as the Gunnery Officer of HMS Plover in 1993. After two years operating in the Far East, he returned to the UK in 1995 to become an Officer of the Watch in the Type 23 frigate HMS Grafton, joining her while she was still under construction on the Clyde and seeing her into operational service with the Fleet.

        In 1997 he became an instructor on the staff at Britannia Royal Naval College, returning to sea in 1999 for a short period in HMS Birmingham, conducting boarding operations in the Gulf.

        In 2000 he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) and joined HMS Gloucester as her Gunnery Officer. His time on board included a seven month deployment to the Far East and Indian Ocean. He then joined HMS Cardiff, participating in a period of operational work up, before deploying to the Middle East in 2002.

        Having trained as an Air Warfare Officer in 2003, he returned to HMS Gloucester as she was conducting sea trials following a major refit. He subsequently became the ship’s Operations Officer whilst she was deployed as part of a French Task Group escorting the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle during operations in the Indian Ocean.

        This was followed by a deployment to the South Atlantic, including time spent on patrol around the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

        In 2005 he became the senior instructor on the PWO Course at the Maritime Warfare School, where he was responsible for implementing a major restructuring of the course to meet current operational requirements.

        In 2007 he assumed command of the Mine Hunter HMS Chiddingfold and began preparations to deploy to the Middle East, including conducting the first firing of the Seafox Mine Disposal System by a UK MCMV.

        On arrival in the Gulf, Chiddingfold along with other UK and US MCMVs conducted operations in the Mine Danger Areas of the Northern Gulf, in order for them to be Reclassified as Former Mined Areas.

        In 2008 he and his Ship’s Company transferred to HMS Brocklesby and began preparations for joining the Standing NATO MCM Group 1. This deployment included major exercises in the Baltic and Mediterranean as well as operations to clear Second World War ordnance from the English Channel and North Sea.

        In 2009 he joined the UK Maritime Battle Staff. During this assignment he acted as lead planner for the final 2 Star staff embarkation in HMS Ark Royal, before being selected to attend the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy in 20011/12.

        Commander Tredray assumed command of HMS Iron Duke in December 2012.


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        OPERATIONS

        Training

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        The ship and her company are being put through their paces in preparation for returning to the front line.

        Wildcat Helo Trials

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Wildcat helicopter sea shoul trials

        UK coastal navigation training

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Honing and sharpening skills in navigation, seamanship and shipboard life.

        Operation Telic

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        An ongoing UK commitment to clearing and maintaining a mine countermeasures force in the Gulf.

        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        Weapons System

        Type 23 weapons System
        type 23
        • 4.5Mk8 Gun
          medium calibre weapon system
          Mk8 4.5 Gun

          If you're looking for punch and firepower, then the 4.5in main gun, found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy's destroyer's frigates and destroyers, is the most obvious provider. Even in an age of missiles, there's still a need for a weapon to pulverise enemy positions and demoralise the foe - and the 4.5in gun has done so in the Falklands and Iraq. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away - and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used. In various forms, the 4.5in has been the Navy's standard medium gun since before World War 2, embodied today by the Mk8 which has been in service since the early 1970s. There are two types of Mk8 used by the Fleet. The older Mod 0 (with its curved turret), which is gradually being replaced, and the angular Mod 1 (nicknamed Kryten after the robot on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf) which is harder for enemy radar to pick up. The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets. In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery. The Mk8 can also be used effectively against surface targets at sea.

        • Harpoon
          Anti-ship missile System
          Harpoon

          Harpoon is the long-range lance of the Type 23 frigate, capable of destroying enemy ships far beyond the horizon. Fitted to all Type 23 Frigates, the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Harpoon is a sophisticated anti-ship missile capable of striking at targets more than 80 miles away. Harpoon uses a combination of inertial guidance and active radar homing to attack its prey. Cruising at Mach 0.9 and carrying a large high explosive warhead it is powered by a lightweight turbojet, but is accelerated at launch by a booster rocket.

        • Helicopter
          Airbourne weapons System
          Merlin

          The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000. Our job is to find – and if necessary destroy – enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar bouys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers

        • Sea Wolf
          Surface to Air Missile system
          Sea wolf

          Seawolf is the shield of Britain’s frigate fleet against air attack. Defending Britain's frigate fleet against air attack, the Seawolf missile has been in service for more than 30 years and has proven itself in action in the Falklands. Unlike Sea Viper and Sea Dart, Seawolf is intended to defend an individual ship rather than a task group, engaging aircraft or sea-skimming missiles. It is fired either from a vertical silo on Type 23 frigates, and guided on to its target courtesy of a tracking system on the ship. The original Seawolf had a very limited range of just six miles, but the frigate fleet is in the middle of receiving the latest, more potent version of the missile system. It means that Seawolf can track – and destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at three times the speed of sound well beyond the limit of the original missile. If the system was placed in the middle of London, it could track its target over the M25 and knock it out of the sky over the North Circular - and the whole action would last under 20 seconds. Each Type 23 frigate carries out at least two Seawolf firings on ranges off the UK coast before each deployment.

        • DLH Decoy Launch System
          active decoy system
          Chaff

          The DLH system is carried by the Navy's frigates and is designed to lure attacking anti-ship missiles away from the unit.

        • Torpedo
          Magazine torpedo launch System (MTLS)
          Torpedo

          Dropped by Lynx and Merlin helicopters, and launched from the MTLS, Sting Ray is a small lightweight torpedo designed to destroy enemy submarines. It weighs seven times less than torpedoes fired by submarines, racing through the water at more than 50mph at targets half a dozen miles away, delivering a 100lb explosive charge powerful enough to punch through the double hulls of modern submarines. Once Sting Ray is fired it uses the information provided initially by the helicopter and gathers fresh intelligence on its target using its sonar and onboard software which is designed not to be fooled by the enemy submarine’s decoys.

        • Towed Array
          Sub Surface detection system
          towed array

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        F234

        Displacement

        4,000tonnes

        Complement

        181personnel

        Length

        133Metres

        Beam

        16.1metres

        Draught

        7.3metres

        Top Speed

        28knots

        Range (Nautical)

        7,800miles

        Launch Date

        02/03/91

        Commissioned date

        20/05/93

        Value of drugs seized by HMS Iron Duke in 2009

        280million

        TAKE A LOOK

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        Iron Duke

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Iron Duke HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Iron Duke
        • The First Iron Duke

          The Iron Duke story begins in 1870 with an Audacious-class battleship – not entirely dissimilar to HMS Warrior which is today a museum piece in Portsmouth Harbour. The battleship was officially known as Duke but during her construction at Pembroke shipyard, she acquired the nickname Iron Duke – and the name stuck.

        • Suez Canal

          HMS Iron Duke became the first battleship to pass through the new Suez Canal on her way to take up her role as the flagship of the China Fleet, where she spent much of her active career. She ended her days as a coastguard vessel and finally coal hulk.

        • The Second Iron Duke

          The second and most famous Iron Duke was the legendary World War 1 battleship which served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet – the largest and most powerful naval force of the day. It was from the bridge of Iron Duke that Admiral Jellicoe directed the Battle of Jutland – the greatest clash of warships ever witnessed in European waters – on 31 May 1916. The ship suffered no damage that day, but she did inflict heavy punishment on the German battleship König.

        • Training Vessel

          Iron Duke remained on active service through the 1920s until she was reduced to a training vessel in the 1930s. She spent World War 2 in Scapa Flow as a base and port defence ship before being broken up at the war’s end.

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