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Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon enters Goa port to participate in Konkan 18

Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon

Vasco, November 29 (GCCurrentAffairs) As a part of bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Britain, destroyer HMS Dragon attached to the latter entered Mormugao Port in Goa on Wednesday, a senior functionary said.

Commander Micheal Carter Quinn, the Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon  called on Rear Admiral Philipose Pynumootil, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area on arrival on Wednesday, the Indian Navy has said in a press release here.

HMS Dragon and INS Kolkata will participate in Konkan-18, a bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and the Royal Navy.

Naval spokesman said that the  harbour phase of the exercise is scheduled till  Dec 02, 2018, this would include a Pre-Sail Conference and Subject Matter Expert Exchange as a prelude to the forthcoming Sea phase.

“In addition to sports fixtures , receptions would also be held onboard the two ships,” he said.

HMS Dragon is a Type 45 class destroyer  commissioned in 2012. She has a length of 154.2 m and a displacement of 8000 tons.

“The ship has a unique Electric Propulsion System and is capable of doing speeds over 30 knots. The ship is fitted with Harpoon Surface to Surface Missile, Aster Surface to Air Missiles and a 4.5 inch calibre gun. A crew of 41 officers and 214 sailors are borne onboard,” the spokesman said.

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