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Navy

HMS Duncan Affiliated With Scarborough

HMS Duncan has been affiliated with the Defence Secretary's home town.

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The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has been officially affiliated with the town of Scarborough.

It means the ship’s company will make regular visits to the town whilst also paying tribute to the people of Yorkshire who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Scarborough’s civic leaders paid tribute to the new link:

“The direct connection to our council and borough communities gives us immense pride," said Councillor Derek Bastiman.

Another councillor, Heather Phillips, has a particularly strong connection to the destroyer as her son, Leading Seaman Tim Phillips, is a member of the ship’s crew.

Brought into service in 2010, the vessel is armed with the Astor air defence missile system and has a radar capable of tracking thousands of targets while simultaneously coordinating multiple missiles in the air.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who was born in Scarborough, said:

“HMS Duncan has already proved her might on the world stage, from her deployment to the Black Sea leading a NATO task force to her crucial work patrolling home waters.

"The ship’s new affiliation will not just honour this great town right across the world, but also pay tribute to thousands of Yorkshire men and women who have served in Armed Forces.”

The town’s military ties will continue to strengthen as it prepares to host more than 200,000 people for Armed Forces Day in 2020.

The event will see thousands of serving military personnel, alongside cadets, veterans and charities, descend on the town to celebrate the work carried out by British forces across the world.