“I am delighted to welcome Honorary Commander Daniel Craig to the Royal Navy,” First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Redkin, the head of the Royal Navy, said in a news statement.
“Daniel Craig has been known for the past 15 years for being Commander Bond – a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions around the world. The real Royal Navy uses technology and skill every day in the same way as Bond himself does.”
According to the statement, Craig wants to use his new military position – the commander is the seventh highest rank in the Royal Navy – as a way to help Britain’s military families.
Craig is set to star as a British super spy for the fifth time in “No Time to Die,” which the UK military is also using to uncover some of its latest hardware.
HMS Dragon, a new Type 45 air defense destroyer, appears in the film, the Defense Ministry said. The Royal Navy website calls the 8,000 ton, 152 m (500 ft) battleship one of the most advanced in the world.
A Royal Navy release said that in an exercise in June off Scotland, HMS Dragon used its weapon systems to “break an incoming missile into a million pieces”.
“I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of this; the flames were massive!” One of the ship’s officers, Sub Lieutenant Ben Craddock, said in the statement.
This is the kind of action you can expect from a James Bond movie.
Other UK hardware, including the C-17 Globemaster cargo jet that participated in the recent international airlift from Kabul, Afghanistan, is also featured.
But the Royal Navy said the real focus, of course, is on Craig.
Radakin said, “Our honorary officers serve as ambassadors and advocates for the service, sharing their time and expertise to spread the message about what our global, modern and prepared Royal Navy is doing around the world. We do.”
Being part of one of the most successful box-office franchises in history would not hurt to spread that message.
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