Royal Navy Has Escorted Over 90 Ships Through Strait of Hormuz

September 2, 2019 – Nearly six million tonnes of British shipping has been safeguarded by the Royal Navy in the first two months of protecting vessels from unwanted aggression. Nearly 90 British merchant ships were safely shepherded through the Strait of Hormuz by frigate HMS Montrose and destroyer HMS Duncan during a hectic two months responding to threats by Tehran. Montrose passed through the narrow gateway to the Gulf 38 times – each time observed by Iranian forces, broadcasting on radios, with drones watching every move overhead and boats often…

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HMS Duncan Refueled by USNS Alan Shepard

August 22, 2019 – HMS Duncan, one of two operational Type 45s, met up with USNS Alan Shepard to refuel before heading back to duties protecting British-flagged shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Alongside HMS Montrose, the Type 45 destroyer is committed to ensuring freedom of navigation and safeguarding global trade passing through the narrow channel between Oman and Iran. Protection of one of the busiest waterways in the world is thirsty work for an 8,500-tonne warship, meaning her pit stop with the Americans keeps her ticking along for further…

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HMS Kent Deploys to Persian Gulf

August 12, 2019 – Portsmouth-based warships HMS Kent and HMS Defender today left their homeport to embark on operations to the Gulf and Asia Pacific respectively. Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will relieve HMS Duncan of her duties in the Gulf and is scheduled to work alongside US partners as part of the newly-formed International Maritime Security Construct. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. She will also work alongside HMS Montrose to escort British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. Commander Andy…

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UK Reaffirms Persian Gulf Commitment

August 5, 2019 – The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf. The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf by playing a leading role in a new international maritime security mission, announced today. The mission will see the Royal Navy working alongside the US navy to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Events in the Gulf over the last four months, including attacks on four tankers…

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HMS Duncan Arrives in Persian Gulf

July 28, 2019 – Royal Navy vessel HMS DUNCAN has arrived in the Gulf, where she will support the safe passage of British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz along with HMS MONTROSE. Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and the Government has committed to doing all it can to defend it. Last week the Government confirmed that the Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait, to provide reassurance to the shipping industry. The Type 45 Destroyer, HMS…

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HMS Duncan patrols Mediterranean to prevent illegal activity

June 20, 2019 – HMS Duncan is conducting NATO security patrols with Spanish and French ships in the Mediterranean. The Type 45 destroyer left Cartagena this week to take part in Operation Sea Guardian – aimed at combating illegal activities and identifying and mitigating security threats, including terrorism-related, in the region. Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan is working alongside NATO maritime patrol aircraft to monitor shipping, using her state-of-the-art sensors to scan a wide area. During the operation, her boarding team has conducted friendly visits to private and commercial vessels sailing a…

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HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after leading NATO Deployment

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after six months leading a NATO task group in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea. She returned to cheering crowds of up to 800 people eager to see their loved ones home. Since January the 200 men and women aboard the destroyer, plus a dedicated Royal Navy-led multi-national staff, have sailed thousands of miles leading an international force of warships promoting stability and security across the region. HMS Duncan took charge of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, a group…

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SNMG2 Exercises with Turkish Navy

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Turkish Navy May 19th in the Aegean Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures. SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, German frigate FGS Bayern and Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, joined with Turkish fast patrol boats TCG Mızrak and TCG Volkan to exercise counter-surface vessel warfare tactics at night. The group transited the Straits into the Aegean Sea on May 20 after spending 20 days in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea,…

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Defence Minister visits UK flagship of NATO maritime group in Georgia

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster visited Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan and other NATO warships in the Black Sea on a visit to Georgia May 18th. During the two-day trip (16-18 May) the Minister also discussed regional defence and security issues with Georgian government officials. HMS Duncan is the flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 which is currently on deployment to the Black Seas alongside warships from eight other NATO nations, providing a tangible demonstration of the UK’s commitment to Black Sea security and Georgia’s aspirations…

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Romania hosts NATO Allies for major Black Sea exercise

Naval assets from seven Allied nations and NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 are training maritime capabilities and combat proficiency in the Black Sea from May 7 to 13 2018, as part of Exercise Sea Shield. Some 21 military ships, 10 fighter aircrafts, a submarine, and 2,300 servicemen are taking part. Romanian-led exercise Sea Shield 2018 involves participants from the US, the UK, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Turkey, which participate with frigates, missile boats, corvettes and a destroyer. The exercise is based on a fictitious crisis response scenario. “By organising and…

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ITS Caribiniere in Exercise Dynamic Manta

[smartslider3 slider=68] NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2018 (DYMA 18) began March 5th off the Sicilian coast. Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) training. Submarines from Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 9 surface ships from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, and USA. Host nation Italy is providing support from the Augusta Naval Base, Catania Harbour and…

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HMS Duncan deploys to Mediterranean and Gulf

Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan today deployed to the Mediterranean to take over as flagship to a major NATO task group. The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth Naval Base this morning to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year. HMS Duncan will conduct defense engagement activities alongside the UK’s NATO partners and will lead Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 through a series of high-profile exercises. [smartslider3 slider=54] On completion of this task, Duncan will then sail to the Persian Gulf to take up the UK’s standing…

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HMS Duncan returns home after NATO deployment

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean and Black Sea as the Flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2. Families lined the jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth to welcome back the warship and her ship’s company following their deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. HMS Duncan joined up with fellow Type 45 HMS Diamond in Bar, Montenegro last weekend to hand over the lead for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). HMS Duncan is planned to resume her role as the…

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HMS Diamond Takes Over as SNMG2 Flagship

Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is now the Royal Navy’s guardian of the Mediterranean having taken charge of a major NATO task force. Diamond has assumed the role of flagship for a group of up to 14 warships from NATO countries that will operate in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The task group has three main roles – remain the high readiness force to react first in the event of a military or humanitarian crisis, deter illegal migration into Europe, and conduct engagement and exercise programs with the UK’s NATO…

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