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British destroyer heads for the Gulf

15 July 2019

The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is heading for the Middle East to allow the Royal Navy to maintain a continuous presence in the tense region, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

An MoD spokesman told Jane’s on 12 July that HMS Duncan’s planned deployment to the Gulf region had been brought forward by several weeks to allow the Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to return to port for routine maintenance. “This will allow a continuous naval presence to be sustained in the Strait of Hormuz,” said the spokesman.

Having previously been involved in NATO exercises in the Black Sea, HMS Duncan was observed sailing south through the Bosphorus on 13 July.

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