HMS Duncan's orderly first visit to Belfast
Ship ahoy! Landlubbers flocked to the quayside in Belfast yesterday as the Royal Navy's latest warship HMS Duncan paid its first visit to its adopted city.
All tickets to walk the gangplank of the 152m-long vessel were snapped up. Even frequent showers could not deter the visitors from viewing a flight deck that can accommodate a Chinook helicopter.
After sailing up Belfast Lough on Friday, the 180-strong crew spent the first part of the weekend in a series of official engagements, including work with their charity, the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.
Affiliated to both Belfast and Dundee, HMS Duncan will serve as an ambassador for Belfast when deployed globally.
Commander James Stride said: "I am hugely proud to be the first commanding officer to bring her to Belfast. My ship's company and I feel extremely privileged to be affiliated to such an historic maritime city."
HMS Duncan is the sixth and last of Britain's six Type 45 destroyers. Their mission is to shield the fleet from air attack.
HMS Duncan is not due to leave until tomorrow.