We’re going for nine months which is a long time to be away from family and friends.

Able Seaman Ashley Stroud

He continued, “Following significant engineering upgrades and a long period of operational sea training, HMS Duncan is ready in all respects to undertake any and all missions that she may be tasked to undertake ranging from counter piracy and disaster relief to defence engagement and high-intensity conflict.”

Able Seaman Ashley Stroud, a warfare specialist on board, said: “This is my first deployment in the Royal Navy. 

"We’re going for nine months which is a long time to be away from family and friends but I’m still excited to be representing the UK to other countries.”

HMS Duncan – the last of the Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers - was commissioned in September 2013.

The ship is armed with the highly sophisticated Sea Viper missile system able to track and engage several aircraft and missile targets at very high speed.

In addition Duncan acts as a floating base for a Royal Navy Lynx Mark 8 maritime attack helicopter which can hunt submarines and surface ships or act in a search and rescue role. 

HMS Duncan will also carry both Royal Navy and Royal Marine boarding parties which can help to counter the threat from pirates, terrorists and smugglers.

LA(PHOT) Jay Allen and LA(PHOT) Luron Wright

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