Warships HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Defender, HMS Dragon and HMS Duncan are all sitting idle in Portsmouth
* Six Type 45 destroyers are docked in Portsmouth Harbour for reasons including giving crews time off over summer
* £1bn vessels have either just returned from operation, about to be deployed or having maintenance done, MoD said
* MoD added scenario was 'unusual but not unprecedented' and ships could be docked for 'a few weeks to a month'
* Spokesman insisted it was not connected to the need for ships to be refitted with new engines following problems
The entire fleet of the Royal Navy's most powerful warships are all docked at the same port together for the first time in years - and they could be there for a whole month.
The six Type 45 destroyers are docked in Portsmouth Harbour for reasons that include giving crews time with their families over the summer and to allow the ships to be used for training purposes.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the £1 billion vessels, designed for air defence, have either just returned from operation, are about to be deployed or are having maintenance done.
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