HMS Duncan

The UK Royal Navy‘s Type 45 Daring-class anti-air warfare destroyer HMS Duncan has joined a US carrier battle group to support strike operations against ISIL targets in the Middle East.

HMS Duncan is the latest Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer that has joined this mission, which is supported by a coalition of more than 60 countries.

The UK warship will be responsible for shielding the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, from enemy strikes by sea or air.

HMS Duncan commanding officer commander Rich Atkinson said: "This deployment has been the highlight of my 24 years in the Royal Navy, and I know my sailors and Royal Marines are proud of all we have achieved so far.

"Duncan’s cutting-edge capabilities make her the natural choice to escort the Theodore Roosevelt and provide the umbrella of protection she requires to carry out uninterrupted air strikes in the fight against ISIL."

"Duncan’s cutting-edge capabilities make her the natural choice to escort the Theodore Roosevelt."

Commissioned in September 2013, HMS Duncan is the last of the six Type 45 destroyers that will carry both navy sailors and Royal Marines to counter the threat from pirates, terrorists and smugglers.

Armed with the Sea Viper missile system to track and destroy several aircraft and missile targets, HMS Duncan will serve as a floating base for a Royal Navy Lynx Mark 8 maritime helicopter.

In addition to the mission against ISIL, the UK warship has joined the wider security mission in the region, including patrol of the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman.

The vessel is also responsible to accompany the vessels through the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab al Mandeb.

Image: HMS Duncan working alongside USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Paul Hamilton during its deployment. Photo: courtesy of UK Royal Navy.