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HMS Duncan docks in Malaga

HMS Duncan.
HMS Duncan.
  • The warship is back in the Mediterranean to take over as flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2

The Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan docked in Malaga port on Monday morning after its return to the Mediterranean to take over as Flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).

The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth Naval Base on 8 January to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year.

The ship will remain in Malaga for the rest of the week and can be visited on Malaga's Levante quay on Tuesday. The visit also includes a reception for authorities and meetings with civilian and military representatives to strengthen defence cooperation between Spain and the UK.

The HMS Duncan is the Royal Navy's most modern warship and the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer, launched in October 2010.

Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan Commander Eleanor Stack said last week: “After a busy maintenance period, and a lot of hard work from my ship’s company, it was a fantastic feeling to sail on Monday morning and resume our tasking as the Flagship to SNMG2."

Also on board is Commodore Michael Utley OBE, head of SNMG2.

"I'm delighted to be bringing the flagship to the SNMG2 to Malaga," he said.

This is the second time that the destroyer has visited Spain, docking in Palma de Mallorca last year.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

HMS Duncan has a crew of 190 sailors.