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        Type 45 Destroyers

        Britain’s six Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the Fleet from air attack using the Sea Viper missile which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away if necessary.

        HMS Daring
        HMS Dauntless
        All seeing eyes of the Fleet link up in the Gulf as a Bagger Sea King joins HMS Diamond

        The Type 45s can also be used as general-purpose warships; they have huge flight decks to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook. There’s enough space on board to host a Royal Marines detachment up to 60-men strong.

        As for the ship’s company, they enjoy ‘creature comforts’ only dreamed of by their forebears: no sailor lives in a mess square for more than six people and there are no communal heads (toilets) or showers.

        All Type 45s are based in Portsmouth and will serve until around 2040.

        Displacement

        8000Tonnes

        Complement

        190

        Beam

        21.2metres

        Length

        152metres

        Range

        7000miles

        • HMS Daring

          HMS Daring is the first of the Navy’s six £1bn Type 45 destroyers and in early 2012 she was the first of class to deploy with a seven-month stint in the Gulf protecting shipping and working with regional partners, spending 139 days at sea, visiting 12 different countries, and travelling more than 34,643 nautical miles.

          HMS Daring
        • HMS Defender

          HMS Defender is the fifth of the Navy’s six state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers – Defender was built in Glasgow which is one of her two affiliated cities (the other is Exeter). After delivery to her home port of Portsmouth in July 2012 and acceptance into the Fleet in March 2013, she underwent extensive sea trials and training in order to undertake operational duties anywhere in the world when tasked.

          HMS Defender
        • HMS Diamond

          HMS Diamond is the third of Britain's fleet of six Type 45 destroyers. Launched on the Clyde by our sponsor, Lady Johns, in November 2007, the ship arrived in Portsmouth in the autumn of 2010 and was commissioned in the spring of 2011. She deployed in June 2012 on her maiden deployment to the Gulf and was the last RN ship home before Christmas.

          All seeing eyes of the Fleet link up in the Gulf as a Bagger Sea King joins HMS Diamond
        • HMS Dragon

          HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Royal Navy's six Type 45 destroyers and was launched on 7 November 2008 by her sponsor, Mrs Susie Boissier. After successfully completing extensive trials, Dragon was formally commissioned on 20 April 2012. Only 11 months later, after a successful firing of a Sea Viper missile, BOST and a material readiness package she sailed for her maiden deployment on 19 March 2013 returning in November to her base port in Portsmouth.  

          HMS Dragon
        • HMS Duncan

          HMS Duncan, the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer entered service with the Royal Navy four months ahead of schedule as 2013 came to a close.

          She was the most complete at launch in October 2010 and was also the quickest from launch to delivery to her base port of Portsmouth. Thanks to the hard work of both her ship's company and industry since her arrival HMS Duncan is now ready to take up her duties, undertaking a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.

          HMS Duncan
        • HMS Dauntless

          HMS Dauntless, the second of the Type 45 destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile.

          HMS Dauntless
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