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D 32 HMS Daring

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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer; Type 45 / Daring class
Builder: BAE Systems Naval Ships, (various shipyards), U.K.
Awarded: December 2000
Laid down: March 28, 2003
Launched: February 1, 2006
Commissioned: July 23, 2009

Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire
Ships Motto: SPLENDIDE AUDAX (finely daring)
Technical Data: see INFO > Daring / Type 45 class Guided Missile Destroyer

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HMS Daring (D 32):

HMS Daring is the lead ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy, and the seventh ship to hold that name. She was launched in 2006 on the Clyde and conducted contractor's sea trials during 2007 and 2008. She was handed over to the Royal Navy in December 2008, entered her base port of Portsmouth for the first time in January 2009 and was formally commissioned on 23 July 2009. As the lead ship of the first destroyer class built for the Royal Navy since the Type 42 in the 1970s, she has attracted significant media and public attention. Her name, crest and motto are a reference to the Roman youth Gaius Mucius Scaevola, famed for his bravery.

Operational history:

Daring's construction began at the BAE Systems Naval Ships yard (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) at Scotstoun on the River Clyde in March 2003. The ship was launched at 14.21 GMT on 1 February 2006. HRH The Countess of Wessex was the ship's sponsor at her launch. On 16 November 2006, the Countess of Wessex brought Daring to life on her first official visit. On 17 November 2006, the countess switched on the ship's diesel generators, part of the 'powering up' ceremony.

On 18 July 2007 Daring sailed on the first set of sea trials (Stage 1.1), successfully completing them 4 weeks later on 14 August 2007. As she is the first in the class some structural areas needed to be tested, including the loads that the main 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun puts on the ship. During these trials, Daring reached her design speed of 29 knots (54 km/h) in 70 seconds and achieved a speed of 31.5 knots (58 km/h) in 120 seconds. She sailed for Stage 1.2 on 30 March 2008 and returned on 2 May. Stage 1.2 included trials on the Long Range Radar and navigation system, medium calibre gun blast trials, weapon alignment tests and endurance tests. Stage 1.3 trials were conducted between 26 August and 22 September 2008 and emphasis was placed on testing the full range of communications equipment. The ship's company used the opportunity to conduct familiarisation and training activities in preparation for the transfer of the vessel to the Royal Navy in December 2008. Stage 2 trials took place in 2009, once the ship had been handed over to the Royal Navy.

HMS Daring arrived in her home port of Portsmouth on 28 January 2009 to large crowds along the seafront. She was given the honour of a flypast to coincide with her passing of the Round Tower, just outside Portsmouth. Daring was formally commissioned on 23 July 2009 with The Countess of Wessex inspecting an honour guard on the quayside, and reception. The commissioning cake was cut by the wife of the commanding officer and Able Seaman Daniel Small, who was the youngest member of the ship’s company.

Daring was declared officially "in service" on 31 July 2010, and shortly afterwards on 7 September 2010 was involved in a collision with a tug whilst entering Marchwood Military Port in Southampton Water. The cause of the collision and the extent of the damage are yet to be determined.

HMS Daring fired her first Sea Viper missile in May 2011 during a test launch in the Outer Hebrides, after years of trials. During the same year she was equipped with two Phalanx CIWS mounted on either side of the superstructure.

On 6 January 2012, the Royal Navy announced that Daring would leave Portsmouth on 11 January 2012 to undertake her first mission, a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Daring travelled through the Suez Canal on 2 February 2012, then continued on to the Persian Gulf, relieving the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll that was on station there. In February 2012, as part of the Persian Gulf deployment, Daring joined Operation Scimitar Anzac, an anti-piracy operation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. This international operation included the Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Wave Knight, the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta, and the Pakistan Navy's PNS Babur. Daring acted as the command ship for all the vessels. During operation in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, Daring operated with the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group One and Carrier Strike Group Nine.

2013 Pacific Deployment:
She has set out westwards to join the Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia during October 2013; and to join the 2013 Five Power Defence Arrangements Exercise Bersama Lima. So far, she has stopped by San Juan in Puerto Rico, sailed through the Panama Canal and docked at the US Naval Base in San Diego. Recently, she made a port visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. She also participated in an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise off the coast of Hawaii. It has been said that it is engaged in ballistic defence trials with the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) in as part of a major research and development programme. Daring also visited the USAKA at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. She then visited Port Phillip Bay ahead of entering Sydney Harbour for the IFR. The Band of HM Royal Marines also participated in the IFR and 13 musicians stayed with Daring, accompanying the destroyer for the remaining final five months of her world tour. Daring also visited Adelaide, Fremantle and Perth after her visit to Sydney.

On 11 November 2013 Daring broke away from Exercise Bersama Lima and was dispatched to the Philippines as part of the British government's humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan. She handed over the task to HMS Illustrious on around 26 November 2013, and sailed for Japan. Daring then proceeded to Busan, South Korea, Shanghai, China and Da Nang, Vietnam. Her visit to Shanghai was the first visit of a Type 45 destroyer. Daring also completed her port visit to Da Nang and will visit Thailand and Malaysia.

source: wikipedia (2016)


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