D35 HMS Dragon

UK Royal Navy

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Call Sign: GMIA


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History of UK D35 HMS Dragon

2005-decLaid downat Scotstoun.
2008-nov-17Launchedfrom Govan
2011-sep-1HomeportArrived in HMNB Portsmouth after extensive fitting out on the Clyde.
2012-mar-15Port Visitfirst visit to Cardiff for 5 day stay.
2012-apr-20Commissionedat HMNB Portsmouth
2012-apr-27Port VisitCruise Terminal visited Liverpool (at Cruise Liner Terminal) until 29 Apr.
2012-nov-3AircraftLynx ZF560. Lynx callsign is Flametrap
2012-nov-9Port Visitvisited Fowey (in Cornwall), until 11 Nov 2012
2013-mar-19DeploymentGulf of Aden Operation Kipion Departed HMNB Portsmouth on her maiden deployment for 7 month (planned) counter piracy and maritime security operations around the Middle East and Indian Ocean. Relieved HMS Monmouth, on station in Gulf of Aden, on 24 Apr. Operating initially with 2x Lynx HMA.8 embarked (815 NAS 226 Flt and later 219 Flt), 219 Flt was later re-assigned to RFA Cardigan Bay on station. Relieved on station by HMS Montrose on 19 Sep and after re-tasking in Mediterranean on home leg, returned on 22 Nov.
2013-augDeploymentexercising with USS Nimitz and its carrier group in Gulf of Oman.
2013-nov-10Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta first visit of Type 45 to Malta
2014-mar-14AircraftFirst of type landing for 700W Sq Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ377, while operating in Irish Sea.
2014-mar-31DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Wildcat Trials Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ377 of 700W NAS embarked for further pre-operational trials
2014-may-14Port VisitRoath Basin Cardiff arrived in Cardiff for 5 day visit
2014-oct-27DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) maritime security deployment. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD252/455 embarked for deployment. Relieved HMS Iron Duke on station. Relieved in turn by HMS Lancaster and returned to Portsmouth 6 May 2015
2014-dec-2DeploymentCLValparaíso Vina del Mar Exponaval 2014 attended Exponaval 2014, alongside at Valparaiso
2015-feb-6Port VisitZASimon Town Naval Dockyard Maintenance period visited Simons Town, in company with RFA Gold Rover. Departed 27 Feb.
2015-apr-23Port Visitvisit to Casablanca
2015-julRefitstart of 12 month refit at HMD Portsmouth, left dry dock mid Jan 2016 after hull and machinery overhaul. Still to complete work on electric propulsion, weapons systems, sensors and communications, living quarters.
2017-feb-11DeploymentClyde Challenger Rescue Rescued 14 crew from de-masted racing yacht Clyde Challenger in the North Atlantic.
2018-aprAircraftassigned 815 NAS Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ381 by Apr 2018
2018-sepDeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Middle East deployment. Returned on 12 Apr 2019.
2018-sepAircraftOMPort of Duqm assigned 815 NAS 212 Flight Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ516 by Sep 2018 (returned to Yeovilton 11 Apr 2019).
2018-octDeploymentOMPort of Duqm Exercise Saif Sareea 3 Participating in Joint UK-Omani Ex SS3 and as escort for Task Group Flagship HMS Albion.
2018-octDeploymentEGSuez Canal escorted RFA Lyme Bay through Suez Canal and Red Sea for their participation in Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman.
2018-oct-28NEWS Royal Navy Exercise Saif Sareea 3 off Oman
2019-sep-26DeploymentWESTLANT19 Operating with HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Northumberland and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19, off US east coast. 815 NAS 212 Flt Wildcat embarked. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 2 Dec 2019.



    from Type 45 Daring class
7500light (tn)
8100full load (tn)
152.40length (m)
21.20beam (m)
7.40draught (m)
7000range (nm)
29max speed (knots)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce WR21
2Naval Engine diesel - Wärtsilä VASA32
8Missile Launcher Aster VLS
1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
1Naval Radar long range search S1850M



    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 12
UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 12

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UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan

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