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Posted on Tuesday 24th April

The fourth of the Royal Navy's new powerful Type 45 destroyers, HMS Dragon, was formally commissioned into the fleet on Friday.

A colourful 'christening' ceremony was held at Portsmouth Naval Base which marked the ship's transition into front line service, attended by hundreds of guests including the families of the 190-strong ship's company. Representatives from the ship's affiliated city of Cardiff were also present.

The ceremony was conducted by the Venerable Scott Brown, Chaplain of the Fleet.

HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Royal Navy's six Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyers. The first of these, HMS Daring was commissioned in July 2009, and the fifth, Defender is due into Portsmouth later in the summer.

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