HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan (D37)

HMS Duncan is the sixth of the highly-capable Type 45 air defence destroyers and one of the most advanced warships in the world. She sails with a ship's company in excess of 280 personnel and is based at Portsmouth Naval Base.

She is the first of the Type 45 class to be capable of deploying Harpoon and was the star of the Channel 5 documentary 'Warship: life at sea". Series 2 is due to air in February 2020.

In 2019 the Portsmouth-based warship completed one of the most varied – and demanding – deployments by a Royal Navy warship in recent years.

The destroyer joined French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle as part of the multinational Carrier Strike Group GAN 19 operating off Syria on Operation Inherent Resolve; HMS Duncan provided air defence to the group as part of operations against ISIS forces in the region.

May and June saw HMS Duncan committed to various NATO exercises in delivering humanitarian aid and countering human/arms-trafficking before joining Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 for Exercise Sea Breeze in the Black Sea where, once again, she was employed in her air-defence role and hosted the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Little more than two weeks later, she found herself in the Gulf as part of the UK’s response to rising tensions with Iran and the threat to merchant shipping legally plying its trade.

Duncan stepped in while HMS Montrose, which has performed the bulk of the escort duties since July, underwent a short period of maintenance.

In September 2019 she returned home to Portsmouth.

Commanding Officer

Commander Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris joined the Royal Navy in May 2003. Following two years of mine disposal operations and fishery protection duties around UK waters, he was assigned as the Deputy Navigating Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. He was subsequently appointed to the destroyer HMS Liverpool as the Navigating Officer in 2008 for a deployment to the South Atlantic.

Assuming command of HMS Ranger and Sussex University Royal Naval Unit in 2010, he delivered training to students from Sussex and Brighton Universities deploying around the UK, to France, Belgium and the Baltic States.

Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2014, he joined HMS Sutherland as the Operations Officer. He was then assigned as the Staff Navigation Officer to the Commander of the Littoral Strike Group, deploying in RFA Mounts Bay to the Aegean and HMS Bulwark to the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Selected for further sea command in 2017, he commanded HM Ship’s Severn and Tyne, conducting fishery protection duties in UK waters, HMS Medway in build on the Clyde taking her through the early stages of generation and sea trials and finally HMS Clyde, on operations in the South Atlantic.

After a short period on the staff of the Surface Flotilla, he assumed command of HMS Duncan in October 2020.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

8,000 tonnes

Total displacement

152 metres

Total length

190

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Our base

Our base

Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Commander Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris joined the Royal Navy in May 2003. Following two years of mine disposal operations and fishery protection duties around UK waters, he was assigned as the Deputy Navigating Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. He was subsequently appointed to the destroyer HMS Liverpool as the Navigating Officer in 2008 for a deployment to the South Atlantic.

Assuming command of HMS Ranger and Sussex University Royal Naval Unit in 2010, he delivered training to students from Sussex and Brighton Universities deploying around the UK, to France, Belgium and the Baltic States.

Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2014, he joined HMS Sutherland as the Operations Officer. He was then assigned as the Staff Navigation Officer to the Commander of the Littoral Strike Group, deploying in RFA Mounts Bay to the Aegean and HMS Bulwark to the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Selected for further sea command in 2017, he commanded HM Ship’s Severn and Tyne, conducting fishery protection duties in UK waters, HMS Medway in build on the Clyde taking her through the early stages of generation and sea trials and finally HMS Clyde, on operations in the South Atlantic.

After a short period on the staff of the Surface Flotilla, he assumed command of HMS Duncan in October 2020.

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