HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Royal Navy's six Type 45 air defence destroyers. Launched on 7 November 2008. After successful firing the Sea Viper, intensive at-sea training, her maiden deployed on 19 March 2013 to the Gulf region.

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Dragon quickly integrated into the Gulf theatre of operations, working closely with other UK and international partners to promote security in the region and keep the trade flowing through the Straits of Hormuz. While in the Indian Ocean Dragon visited many of the Gulf states including Oman,Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. 

HMS Dragon then repositioned to the Eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate the flexibility of deployed maritime forces and to ensure the protection of UK interests, which includes the defence of our Sovereign Base Areas.

Given her name, the ship is proudly affiliated with the Welsh capital Cardiff, which she visited for the first time in the spring of 2012 and plans to do so again in early 2014.

The City of York has also done Dragon a great honour in accepting the Royal Navy's request for York to become her second affiliated city.

York has a long history of supporting the ships of the Royal Navy and was affiliated to HMS York from her commissioning on 20 June 1982 until she decommissioned on 27 September 2012.

The city knows destroyers well and it is fitting that Dragon can continue the relationship established by the Type 42.

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Current operation Ship visits

Royal Navy ships have a busy programme of visits to ports, harbours and their affiliated towns and cities throughout the UK.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

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Unit History

Ship History1647

The first HMS Dragon was a 38-gun fourth rate frigate. Built in Chatham she was launched in 1647. In 1707 she was rebuilt as a fourth rate of 50 guns. She was wrecked off Alderney in 1711.

Battle honours1647

Portland, Gabbard, Scheveningen 1653, Lowestoft 1655
Four Days Battle, Orfordness 1666, Bugia 1671
Barfleur 1692


A 50-gun Fourth rate ship built in 1711, originally named HMS Ormonde (1711) until she was renamed in 1915. Launched in October 1711, she served the RN until 1733 when broken up.

Ship History1736

HMS Dragon (1736) was a 60-gun fourth rate ship of the line. She captured more than 20 merchantmen valued at over £100,000 and saw action in the Battle of Toulon before scuttled in 1757.

Battle Honours1744

Toulon 1744

Ship History1760

HMS Dragon (1760) was a 74-gun Bellona class, third rate ship of the line. Launched from Deptford in March 1760, she took part in the siege of Havannah in 1762. She was sold out of service in 1784.

Battle Honours1761

Belleisle 1761
Martinique, Havana 1762

Ship History 1798

HMS Dragon (1798) was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line. Designed by Sir William Rule, she was the only ship built to her draught. Renamed HMS Fame in 1842 she was broken up in 1850.

Battle Honours1801

Egypt 1801
Calder's Action 1805

Ship History1845

A 6-gun wooden paddle, second rate frigate, this HMS Dragon was built in 1845 and served in the Baltic during the Crimean war before eventually being sold in 1865.

Battle Honours1854

Baltic 1854-1855

Ship History1878

HMS Dragon (1878) was a Doterel Class 6-gun screw sloop, launched in 1878. Employed in the suppression of the slave trade in the Gulf and East Coast of Africa; eventually sold in 1892.

Battle Honours1882

Suez 1882

Ship History1894

This Banshee Class torpedo boat destroyer was armed with a 12-pounder gun and two torpedo tubes. Capable of 27 knots she served in the Mediterranean before being sold in 1912.

Ship History1917

HMS Dragon (D46) was a Danae-class Cruiser built for the RN and served in the Polish Navy as ORP Dragon. Prior to WW2 she took part in the Russian Civil War aiding Latvia And Estonia.

Ship History1943

During WW2 the ship was part of the 7th Cruiser Squadron  operating against German U-boats. She ended her Royal Navy career in January when became the Polish Navy ship ORP Dragon.

Ship History2005

The current HMS Dragon (D35) is the fourth Type 45 ‘D’ Class or Air Defence Destroyers.

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Dragon has a range of 7,000 nautical miles


Displacement: 8,000 tonnes; Length: 152m; Beam: 21.2m; Complement: 190

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