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HMS Dragon D35

RN uniforms - still the best looking turn-out

Entering her homeport Portsmouth, England yesterday is the newest Type 45, HMS Dragon. Associated with Cardiff, Wales she has a Welsh Dragon proudly painted on her bow.   Carrying a crew of 190 she is the Royal Navy's most advanced warship and joins three (3) others of her Class, HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless and HMS Diamond for a total of four (4) of the six (6) in the Class.

All that was learned from the other three Type 45's has been incorporated in HMS Dragon and her sister ships, Defender and Duncan which are still under construction.  It is interesting to note that while these super-modern designed warships have all the latest equipment and gadgetry they still have old-fashioned style Bridges with small open wings.  Some things never get modernised in HM Royal Navy and this spoils the whole effect of a modern fighting warship of the 21st. Century.

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Once again as we do each Post we call attention to the 400 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates both ashore and off the coast of Somalia.  They are suffering in degrading conditions for human beings and seafarers.  NAUTICAL LOG continues to call for effective action against all pirates and achieve the release of all seafarers.  Since strategy to date has NOT been effective a change of policy is required and action with 'extreme prejudice' may now well be the effective tactic.


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