HMS Duncan will be operating in the Mediterranean Sea providing air defence to the French carrier FS Charles de Gaulle.
Another Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Defender (pictured above), has previously escorted the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
The deployment of HMS Duncan will take place as part of the French Carrier Strike Group deployment, Groupe Aéronaval (GAN) 19.
The Royal Navy say that HMS Duncan’s participation in GAN 19 will offer the Royal Navy ship crucial training in task group operations and aid the preparations for HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first operational deployment in 2021. After this part of her deployment, she will conduct other duties.
“Upon detaching from the FS Charles de Gaulle, HMS Duncan will resume NATO operations as required.”
The ship’s Captain Commander Tom Trent said:
“HMS Duncan has regenerated after a successful tour as NATO flagship on operations in 2018, as documented in the Channel 5 documentary Warship: Life at Sea, and is now ready to deploy as part of a multinational air defence task group in support of FS Charles de Gaulle.
This operation with the aircraft carrier is an ideal chance to demonstrate the prime role of HMS Duncan as one of the world’s most advanced destroyers. With HMS Queen Elizabeth almost ready for task group operations, this will be an excellent chance to prove the ability of the Type 45 as a carrier escort.”