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Destroyer to be linked with city

HMS Daring
The new ship will be one of six Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers

Dundee is to be linked with a brand new Type 45 destroyer being built for the Royal Navy.

The navy's top officer in Scotland, Rear Adm Martin Alabaster, announced the city would be affiliated with HMS Duncan during a visit to Dundee.

The ship is named after Adm Adam Duncan, who defeated the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.

He was born in Angus in 1731 and his father, Alexander Duncan, was Provost of Dundee.

Rear Adm Alabaster said: "I am certain that the ship will enjoy a long and close association with the city, which will build great pride within those who serve on board HMS Duncan.

"I hope, too, that the people of Dundee will feel pride in their ship and take an active interest in her operations and community involvement, whether that be at home or in foreign waters."

We look forward to welcoming HMS Duncan to her adopted home in the near future
John Letford
Dundee Lord Provost

HMS Duncan, which is being built on the Clyde in Glasgow, will be one of the most advanced warships in the world when it is launched in October next year.

The ship will be more than 150m long and will have an air defence system which will be able to track and destroy a target the size of a cricket ball travelling three times the speed of sound.

Together with her five sister ships, HMS Duncan will carry out tasks across the world, including air defence, humanitarian work and anti-piracy roles.

Dundee's Lord Provost John Letford said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to become affiliated to this great ship and I know that her build, launch and subsequent long life in the Royal Navy will be followed closely.

"We look forward to welcoming HMS Duncan to her adopted home in the near future and we will be sure to make her and her crew very welcome."

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