Launch Of Navy Warship Delayed

The launch of a Navy warship on the Clyde has been delayed.

Destroyer Duncan was due to leave Scotstoun earlier, but a "technical issue" meant the launch couldn't go ahead.

The shipbuilder did not give specific details of the problem but said it is working with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to resolve it and anticipate the ship will leave the yard in the next few days.

Duncan is the last in a 13-year, six-ship contract with the MoD. The other Destroyers are Diamond, Daring, Dauntless, Dragon and Defender and the fleet is set to serve the Navy until 2040.

Labour has suggested that future Navy contracts would be threatened by independence.

Defence spokesman Jim Murphy MP said: ``Duncan is the latest formidable ship from a river that has built the world's ships for so many years."