HMS Duncan warship leaves Clyde dock days after departure cancelled

The last of the Type 45 Destroyer warships has left its dock in the River Clyde days after its departure was delayed.

HMS Duncan had been scheduled to set sail from Scotstoun on Friday as it moved to Portsmouth where it will be handed over to the Royal Navy.

However, BAE Systems cancelled the event citing “possible technical issues” before the launch finally went ahead on Tuesday afternoon.

It is the sixth of the warships built in Glasgow by BAE Systems as part of the £6.12bn project with the Royal Navy to replace its ageing Type 42 Destroyer fleet.

Last year the warship began sea trials in the run up to its scheduled departure.

At the time, Paul Rafferty, Type 45 programme director at BAE Systems, said: "There will be no complacency in the rigour with which we will put her through her paces and prove her outstanding capabilities."

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson was among those present to see off HMS Duncan on Tuesday.

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