HMS Dragon leaving Portsmouth for her maiden deployment which will be to the Middle East. She will spend seven months on operations, building on the UK’s long-term commitment to allies and regional partners. The destroyer will police busy shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean which are vital for global trade and energy security. Working with other navies in the region, HMS Dragon will help prevent maritime terrorism, hunt drug runners, counter piracy, and deter human trafficking. She will also be on standby to respond to any unforeseen crises. (Official RN photo by Ben Sutton)

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