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Navy warships join Red Nose Day fun

Two of the Royal Navy's most advanced warships are joining in the Red Nose Day fun by sporting massive "killer tomato" snouts.

The crews of the two Type 45 Destroyers HMS Duncan and HMS Dragon have created the red noses which are attached to the ships' prows out of their seaborne training targets which are known as a "killer tomato".

Both ships will be hosting onboard fundraisers, with Duncan currently alongside at Gibraltar while Dragon is in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa as it returns to its home base of Portsmouth following a seven-month patrol of the region.

Duncan's senior warfare officer, Lieutenant Commander Nick Leeson, said: "Not that sailors need an excuse for a stand-easy, but Red Nose Day is a great opportunity to kick-start HMS Duncan's charity fundraising.

"The ship's company are coming up with plenty of ideas on how we can raise funds for our affiliated charities during our nine-month deployment to the Gulf, and the red nose was the perfect way to get things started.

"It was really prominent and went down well here in Gibraltar."

HMS Duncan is the world's most advanced air defence warship and left Portsmouth last week on its maiden deployment to the Gulf where it will spend nine months working with allies to protect allied and merchant shipping and wider British interests in the region.

Dragon's logistics officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Bray, said: "Happy Red Nose Day to everyone back in the UK, we hope that this year's event is as much fun as previous years and raises millions of pounds for charities in the UK and abroad."

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