HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, has been towed back to port after ‘technical issues’.
HMS Duncan was among a group of four NATO ships that visited HM Naval Base Devonport at the weekend. The fleet left the port on Monday but remained off coast while carrying out training exercises.
According to local media, local residents spotted the Type 45 Destroyer being towed at about 11.30am this morning.
The Ministry of Defence said the ship had experienced “technical issues”.
It is understood that the issue was caused by a burst salt water pipe and not a previously publicised engine issue.
The six ships which cost the taxpayer £1bn each are among the most advanced destroyers in the world.
Recently, HMS Duncan and HMS Richmond escorted a Russian carrier group through UK waters.
The Russian Task Group, which included the sole Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, the nuclear powered Kirov Class Battlecruiser, Pyotr Velikiy and two Udaloy Class Destroyers, Vice Admiral Kulakov and Severomorsk sailed from Russia on Saturday the 15th October to join Russian anti-Islamic State military operations in Syria.
While this issue isn’t as serious as some tabloids have made it out to be, it is however concerning. The issue with the engines will be resolved eventually.