The Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, the sixth and last of the Type 45 air-defence destroyers, has arrived to the Persian Gulf to support the safe passage of British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz.
Type 45 destroyer, HMS Duncan, will work with Type 23 frigate, HMS Montrose, until she comes off duty in late August, ensuring the continuous availability of ships to accompany merchant vessels. Freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not just to the UK, but also our international partners and allies, said Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.
Merchant ships must be free to travel lawfully and trade safely, anywhere in the world. I’m pleased that HMS Duncan will continue HMS Montrose's fine work in helping to secure this essential route. While we continue to push for a diplomatic resolution that will make this possible again without military accompaniment, the Royal Navy will continue to provide a safeguard for UK vessels until this is the reality, he added.
HMS Duncan has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz to continue the outstanding work to protect British maritime interests conducted by HMS Montrose and the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander’s staff in Bahrain. HMS Duncan has shown the true flexibility of the Royal Navy by moving at pace to this area of operations, said Commander Tom Trent, the Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan.
We have relocated from an intense deployment in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, which included support to the French carrier strike group with live operations in Syria. The Royal Navy continues to deliver consistent, enduring and world-class capability in the region – HMS Duncan is proud to support this vital operation and ready to play her part, he added.
HMS Montrose covers an operating area of some 19,000 nautical miles. She has so far accompanied 35 merchant vessels through the Strait during 20 separate transits, travelling 6,200 nautical miles in the process.
Later in the year, another Type 23 Frigate, HMS Kent, will take over this tasking from HMS Duncan. HMS Montrose will remain stationed in the Middle East until 2022 as part of the Royal Navy’s permanent presence in the Middle East.