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Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon

Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon is pictured in the English Channel close to her home port of Portsmouth.


Britain’s six Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the Fleet from air attack using the Sea Viper missile which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away if necessary. The Type 45s can also be used as general-purpose warships; they have huge flight decks to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook. There’s enough space on board to host a Royal Marines detachment up to 60-men strong.


As for the ship’s company, they enjoy ‘creature comforts’ only dreamed of by their forebears: no sailor lives in a mess square for more than six people and there are no communal heads (toilets) or showers. All Type 45s will be based in Portsmouth and will serve until around 2040.

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Taken on August 30, 2011