HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth on deployment

Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dragon sailed today on a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking.

Less than a year after she returned from operations in the Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean the Type 45 destroyer will take over from HMS Iron Duke to continue the UK’s commitment to the region building on the UK’s strong ties with its allies.

During her time away Dragon will visit several ports in the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as visiting a number of West African States to build on UK relationships. 

My ship’s company is very much up for the challenge and eager to get stuck in.

Captain Rex Cox

Her Commanding Officer, Captain Rex Cox Royal Navy, said: “HMS Dragon is returning to this strategically important region to continue the good work achieved by ships of the Royal Navy over many years.

"My ship’s company is very much up for the challenge and eager to get stuck in.“

Images by LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston.