HMS Dragon, South African Sub Play Cat and Mouse Game
Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon played a three-day game of cat and mouse with a South African submarine – one of the highlights of her visit to Cape Town on the latest stage of her Atlantic/Pacific odyssey.
After a mid-deployment break around the Cape of Good Hope in Simon’s Town Naval Base, the Portsmouth-based destroyer and tanker RFA Gold Rover resumed duties with a visit to nearby Cape Town – a mixture of formal training with the South African Navy and flag-flying for the UK.
Dragon is only the second of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers to visit the Cape and the ship was granted a plum berth in the city’s world-famous Victoria and Albert Waterfront in the shadow of Table Mountain.
The destroyer hosted an official reception for 350 people, tours for interested groups and youngsters, served as a showcase for British industry as part of the ‘Great’ Britain campaign and opened the gangway to 2,500 visitors in just six hours.
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