HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan, the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer, was the most complete at launch in October 2010. She will be the first of the Type 45 class to be capable of deploying Harpoon.

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During build, the majority of her first year was spent installing major equipment, such as a gas turbine, medium calibre gun, Sea Viper weapons silo, and connecting it all together with enough electrical cable to circle the M25 almost three times.

Much of the commissioning of the equipment started in 2011, including the power and propulsion system which can produce enough electricity to power a small city.

During 2012 the harbour and sea trials were undertaken, which were hugely successful and completed in record time.

Early 2013 saw the completion of the major compartments which were gradually handed over to the ship staff along with the engineering systems prior to the delivery voyage and arrival into Portsmouth, when Duncan was handed over to the Commanding Officer and Ship’s Staff.

Following the weapons capability upgrade and associated trials, HMS Duncan will be ready to undertake operational tasking around the globe.


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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Operation Kipion

    Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast. Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History

The First Duncan1805

The first Duncan was built in Bombay for the East India Company, and classed as a fifth rate 38-gun frigate. She fought French privateers in the Indian Ocean and later renamed Dover in 1807.

The Second HMS Duncan1811

HMS Duncan was launched in December 1811 from Deptford. Her first war service was, as befitted her name, as part of the squadron blockading the Dutch coast in 1812.

The Second HMS Duncan1812

Post 1812 she saw service in the Mediterranean and South America. In 1834 she was placed on harbour service until she was broken up in 1863.

The Third HMS Duncan1859

This HMS Duncan was a 101-gun screw-propelled first rate ship of the line and carried over 800 crew. The ship was launched in 1859 and was the flagship of the West Indies Squadron.

The Third HMS Duncan1890

In 1890 the third Duncan was renamed as HMS Pembroke and employed on harbour service. She was renamed again in 1905 to HMS Tenedos and sold in 1910.

The Fourth Duncan1901

The Duncan class Battleships were a response to French and Russian building. Displacing 14,000 tons and a maximum speed of 19 knots, they were the fastest battleship afloat.

The Fourth Duncan1903

HMS Duncan was commissioned at Chatham Dockyard in October 1903 for Mediterranean Fleet Service, although she would also serve in the Channel (1905) and Atlantic (1907).

World War I1914

In August 1914 the fourth HMS Duncan was still in a refit period. During the war, she bombarded submarine bases off Belgium, guarded against invasions and aided troops landing at Athens.

World War I1919

In March 1919 the fourth HMS Duncan was placed on the disposal list and sold for scrapping in February 1920.

The Fifth Duncan1932

Overall the fifth HMS Duncan displaced 1400 tons, had a main armament of four 4.7in guns and eight 21in torpedo tubes and a maximum speed of over 36 knots.

The Fifth Duncan1932

Next was a D-class Destroyer launched from Portsmouth in July 1932. Commissioned in April 1933 and built as a Destroyer Leader, she displaced 25 tons more and carried 30 extra personnel.

Far East1935

The fifth HMS Duncan's career started before World War II broke out. She was part of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla and sailed to the Far East where she spent the next few years from January 1935.

Far East1935

The fifth HMS Duncan spent two years in Shanghai during the Japanese invasion of 1937, helping to evacuate 1300 British civilians to Woosung.

World War II1939

At the start of World War 2 in September 1939, accompanied by Dainty, Diana and Daring no 5 was sent to the Mediterranean to conduct embargo operations; then she was on convoy duties.

Battle Honours1940

Spartivento 1940; Malta Convoys 1941
Atlantic 1941-1945; Siego Suarez 1942

Second World War1943

In 1943 she joined Escort Group B-7; she was involved in the sinking of 5 U-boats. On 13th May 1945 she was nominated for reduction to Reserve units and finally sold for scrap in 1945.

The Sixth HMS Duncan1957

A Type 14 Frigate, HMS Duncan commissioned in October 1958. The ship served in the Cod Wars over fishing rights.  For this role, she was awarded the Freedom of the City of Hull.

The Sixth HMS Duncan1960

In 1960 Duncan provided escort to HMY Britannia and in 1964 fired the salute at the opening of the Forth Road Bridge. Visits included Nantes in 1961, Copenhagen in 1965. 

The Sixth HMS Duncan1980

As a Harbour Training ship, HMS Duncan trained Marine engineering Artificer Apprentices from HMS Caledonia. The ship decommissioned in 1984 to be scrapped in 1985.

The Seventh HMS Duncan2007

HMS Duncan No7 is a Type 45 destroyer.  Built by BAE Systems Surface Fleet, construction began on 26th January 2007. She was launched on 11 October 2010 in Govan and fitted out in Scotstoun.

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Commander Charles Guy joined the Royal Navy in 1996, he assumed command of HMS Duncan Feb 2016.

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HMS Duncan entered service with the Royal Navy four months ahead of schedule

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