iPod stations for sailors on British warshipBy IANS
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
LONDON - Soldiers on board a British destroyer can now let their hair down as their ship is fitted with state-of-the-art iPod plugging stations.
The 7,500-tonne HMS Duncan, built at a cost of one billion pounds, was launched Monday at the Govan shipyard in Glasgow, The Sun reported.
The destroyer not only packs Tomahawk and Aster 30 missiles to blast enemy jets from more than 220 miles away, but also has a gym and special plugging stations for the 190 sailors to plug in their iPods.
The ship also provides broadband internet for every crew member.
Having a top speed of 35 miles per hour, the ship can sail to New York and back without refuelling.
One of the ship’s primary roles will be to provide protection to the Navy’s fleet - the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers still under construction.
Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral Sir Trevor Soar said: “These are fantastic ships and I look forward to HMS Duncan joining the fleet.”
The vessel is named after legendary Scottish commander Admiral Duncan, whose victory over the Dutch in 1797 earned him a place in naval history.