HMS Dragon (D35)

HMS Dragon is the fourth ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She was launched in November 2008 and commissioned on 20 April 2012.[17]

HMS Dragon
HMS Dragon in 2011
United Kingdom
Name: Dragon
Ordered: December 2000
Builder: BVT Surface Fleet
Yard number: 1064[1]
Laid down: 19 December 2005
Launched: 17 November 2008
Sponsored by: Mrs. Susie Boissier
Commissioned: 20 April 2012
Motto: "We yield but to St George"
Status: In active service, as of 2017
Badge: HMS Dragon badge
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 45 Guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 8,000[4] to 8,500 t (8,400 long tons; 9,400 short tons)[5][6][7]
Length: 152.4 m (500 ft 0 in)
Beam: 21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Installed power:
Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)[9]
Range: In excess of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)[9]
Complement: 191[10] (accommodation for up to 235)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried:
  • 1–2 × Lynx Wildcat, armed with:
    • 4 × anti-ship missiles, or
    • 2 × anti-submarine torpedoes
  • or
  • 1 × Westland Merlin,[16] armed with:
    • 4 × anti-submarine torpedoes
Aviation facilities:
  • Large flight deck
  • Enclosed hangar


Dragon's construction began at the then BAE Systems Naval Ships (later BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions) yard at Scotstoun on the River Clyde in December 2005, and by December 2007 the bow section was in place on the Govan slipway for mating with the other modules. Dragon launched from the slipway at Govan on 17 November 2008 at 3:00pm.[18] Her sponsor was Mrs Susie Boissier, wife of Vice Admiral Paul Boissier, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Chief of Staff.[19] She was fitted out at Scotstoun.

Sea trials

Dragon commenced her first set of contractor's sea trials on 5 November 2010.[20]

Dragon entered her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 31 August 2011.[21]

Operational service

HMS Dragon Near Gibraltar MOD 45155272
Dragon off Gibraltar in 2013

Dragon joined the Royal Navy Surface Fleet on Friday, 20 April 2012.[22] On Friday 27 April she made her maiden visit to Liverpool, staying for three days. She was opened to the public on Saturday 28 April, with visitors able to see the inside of the ship, including the operations room.

In August 2013, it was reported that Dragon was sailing with the USS Nimitz carrier group in the Arabian Sea, acting as the main point ship for aircraft control.[23][24] In August 2013, several Typhoons from No. 6 Squadron RAF were exercising with Dragon and US fighters in the Gulf.[25] It has sailed westwards to the Eastern Mediterranean.[26]

In April 2014, Dragon was deployed to waters north of Scotland, after having sailed from Portsmouth, to track the Russian warship Vice-Admiral Kulakov.[27] She was part of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Tasking in late 2014.[28]

In October 2016, Dragon was sent to track two Russian corvettes in the Atlantic during a major deployment of Russian naval forces near the United Kingdom.[29]

On 11 February 2017, Dragon rescued the fourteen crew of the British yacht Clyde Challenger which had been dismasted and was adrift in the Atlantic Ocean 610 nautical miles (1,130 km) south west of Land's End, Cornwall.[30] Clyde Challenger was subsequently scuttled.[31]

On 26 November 2018 it was announced that Dragon has been on an operation in the Middle East and had discovered a suspicious boat. Sailors and Royal Marines boarded the vessel and found 148 bags hidden on board containing a total of 3,048 kg of hashish.[32]

On 15 March 2019 Dragon made its seventh drug seizure: 224 kg of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea.[33] That time the crew laid out on their helicopter deck a banner with the ship's name on, and the seized drug bags to form the words "BREATHE / FIRE / #7". This is a record for the number of successful busts and the total weight of drugs seized by a Royal Navy ship in the Middle East.

As at March 2019, HMS Montrose (F236) will take over her current patrol role in the Middle East.[34]


Dragon features a red Welsh Dragon on each side of her bow, the only Royal Navy ship to be adorned in this way. The dragons were there when she was launched, but were removed in a 2011 refit. They were restored in 2016 following a fundraising campaign led by the British Warships Association.[35]



  1. ^ The Harpoon missile is to be fitted to four of the six ships. HMS Duncan is to be the first.[15]


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  14. ^ "UK to buy Shaman CESM for Seaseeker SIGINT programme". IHS Janes Defense. 29 June 2014.
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  27. ^ "RAF fighter jets scrambled to investigate Russian planes". BBC. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
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  29. ^ Lusher, Adam (20 October 2016). "British warships tracking Russian fleet heading for the Channel". The Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  30. ^ "Fourteen rescued by Royal Navy warship after racing yacht becomes stranded in Atlantic Ocean". Independent Television News. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  31. ^ "Sailing yacht Clyde Challenger abandoned at storm in Atlantic Ocean". Maritime Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  32. ^ "HMS Dragon: Three tonnes of hashish seized in the Gulf". The BBC. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
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  35. ^ Flynn, Jessica (18 May 2016). "Welsh dragon returns to the bows of Cardiff warship". Wales Online. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  36. ^ "Navy destroyer linked to Cardiff". BBC News. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  37. ^ "Yes Minster… York takes on HMS Dragon as her affiliate". Navy News. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  38. ^ "Worshipful Company of Plaisterers visit". Royal Navy website. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  39. ^ a b "LEM Draig: The Newsletter for HMS Dragon" (PDF). Royal Navy. Retrieved 2 March 2018.

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Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

HMS Dragon

Several ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Dragon.

English ship Dragon (1512), a ship of 100 tons built in 1512 under Sir William Sidney in the war with France. Last mentioned 1514.

English ship Dragon (1542), a 140-ton three-masted ship depicted in the Anthony Roll of 1546. Built 1542 or 1544 and rebuilt 1551. Last mentioned 1553

English galleon Dragon (or Red Dragon), a galleon built in 1593 and last mentioned 1613.

HMS Dragon (1647), a fourth-rate frigate launched in 1647, rebuilt in 1690 and 1707 and wrecked in 1711.

HMS Ormonde (1711), a 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line launched in 1711, renamed HMS Dragon in 1715, and broken up in 1733.

HMS Dragon (1736), a 60-gun fourth-rate ship of the line launched in 1736, and scuttled as a breakwater in 1757.

HMS Dragon (1760), a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line built in 1760 and sold in 1784.

HMS Dragon (1798), a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line built in 1798 at Rotherhithe. Refitted in 1814, she served until 1815. She was broken up in 1850.

HMS Dragon (1845), a 6-gun wooden paddle second-rate frigate built in 1845 and sold 1865, designed by Sir William Symonds, which served in the Baltic during the Crimean War.

HMS Dragon (1878), a 6-gun Doterel-class screw sloop launched in 1878 and sold in 1892.

HMS Dragon (1894), a twin-screw Banshee-class torpedo boat destroyer launched in 1894 and sold in 1912.

HMS Dragon (D46), a Danae-class light cruiser launched in 1917 and scuttled off Normandy in 1944 while serving in the Polish navy as ORP Dragon.

HMS Dragon (1982) was a stone frigate of the Royal Naval Reserve in Swansea and acted as a Communications Training Centre. She was decommissioned in 1994.

HMS Dragon (D35), is a Type 45 destroyer launched in November 2008

HMS Talent (S92)

HMS Talent is the sixth of seven Trafalgar-class nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy, and was built at Barrow-in-Furness. Talent was launched by The Princess Royal in April 1988 and commissioned in May 1990. She was the last nuclear submarine to be launched down a slipway at Barrow-in-Furness.. The boat is affiliated with Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Talent is the third submarine of the Royal Navy to bear the name. The first was the World War II Talent, a T-class submarine transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy as RNLMS Zwaardvisch in 1943.

Talent moved her base from Devonport to Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde in July 2019.Talent is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2021 and will be replaced by one of the new Astute-class submarines.

List of active Royal Navy ships

The Royal Navy is the principal naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. As of November 2018, there are 74 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy. Of the commissioned vessels, twenty two are major surface combatants (six guided missile destroyers, thirteen frigates, two Landing Platform Docks and one aircraft carrier), and ten are nuclear-powered submarines (four ballistic missile submarines and six fleet submarines). In addition the Navy possesses two amphibious transport docks, thirteen mine countermeasures vessels, twenty-two patrol vessels, four survey vessels, one icebreaker and two historic warships, Victory and Bristol, although Bristol is not commissioned so is not in the ship count.

The Royal Navy operates three bases where commissioned ships are based; HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde. In addition, a number of commissioned vessels belonging to the University Royal Naval Units (URNU) are stationed at various locations around the United Kingdom. The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approximately 407,000 tonnes (641,000 tonnes including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Marines).

Besides the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines operate their own flotillas of naval vessels which complement the assets of the Royal Navy, however they are not included in this list or the above figures. In addition, the naval training vessels Brecon and Cromer can be found based at the Royal Navy shore establishment HMS Raleigh and the Britannia Royal Naval College, respectively, along with a number of P1000's and Motor Whalers. As a supporting contingent of Her Majesty's Naval Service, the civilian Marine Services operate a large number of auxiliary ships (including coastal logistics, tugs and research vessels) in support of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary operations.All ships and submarines currently in commission with the Royal Navy were built in the United Kingdom, with the exceptions of icebreaker Protector which was built in Norway and survey vessel Magpie which was substantially built in Ireland. All vessels of the Royal Navy bear the ship prefix "HMS", for Her Majesty's Ship.

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov (Russian: Адмира́л фло́та Сове́тского Сою́за Кузнецо́в "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov") is an aircraft carrier (heavy aircraft cruiser in Russian classification) serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. It was built by the Black Sea Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, in Nikolayev within the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). The initial name of the ship was Riga; it was launched as Leonid Brezhnev, embarked on sea trials as Tbilisi, and finally named Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov after Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union Nikolay Gerasimovich Kuznetsov.It was originally commissioned in the Soviet Navy, and was intended to be the lead ship of the two-ship Kuznetsov class. However, its sister ship Varyag was still incomplete when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The second hull was eventually sold by Ukraine to the People's Republic of China, completed in Dalian and commissioned as Liaoning.

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