HMS Duncan, which was among six NATO ships, involved in tracking of the Russian battle group, led by the Admiral Kuznetsov, has broken down, when it was on the way to military exercises with NATO ships.
The Duncan air-defense destroyer, which is one of the newest ships in the British Royal Navy, broke down, when it was on the way to military exercises with NATO ships, the Herald information website reported on Wednesday.
According to the website, the vessel left Devonport on November 21, and on the morning of November 23, residents of the port city spotted HMS Duncan, being towed back.
Representatives of the UK Defense Ministry said that the decision to return the destroyer to the base was taken in order to assess arisen technical problems.
In October, the British destroyer was among six NATO ships, involved in tracking of the Russian battle group, led by the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, moving to the Syrian coasts.
HMS Duncan, which became a part of the Royal Navy in 2013, is the last representative of destroyers of the Type 45 project, which was launched in 2003. At the moment, the UK has six such ships. They are armed with the PAAMS air defense missile system, 114-mm artillery cannon, automatic anti-aircraft guns, as well as with antisubmarine and antimine weapons. The vessel is also capable to carry one helicopter.
Will remind, the battle group of Russian warships departed to the Mediterranean Sea on October 15. One month later, the ships were involved in a large-scale operation against terrorists in Syria. For the first time in history, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has taken part in hostilities. The Admiral Grigorovich frigate has committed launches of the Kalibr cruise missiles. In addition, the Bastion coastal antimissile system is actively used.
Airstrikes are carried out on warehouses with ammunition, training centers of terrorists and plants for manufacture of mass destruction weapons, located in the provinces of Idlib and Homs.