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        HMS Daring

        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.

        A Portsmouth-based air defence warship, HMS Daring is two thirds of the way through a nine-month deployment and was taking part in an exercise with Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia as part of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement when she was re-tasked to the Philippines to deliver aid after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 7 November 2013.

        The aid collected by the Department for International Development (DfID) for HMS Daring to distribute consists of: 500 food baskets which can feed a family of four for a week; 500 family shelter kits; 500 hygiene kits; 1,500 four-litre water carriers; and 400 five litre water carriers. The ship will also embark a team of 14 medics from the UK.  

        HMS Daring herself can also provide 700 ration packs, 550 litres of bottled water and can provide 100,000 litres of potable water within 24 hours, generators, firefighting equipment, thermal imaging cameras and an emergency relief pack containing essentials such as generators, floodlighting and rescue equipment.

        On board she has electrical and mechanical engineers, a doctor and medical team, first aiders, dentist, priest, heavy equipment specialists, air crews and boat crews. All 200 personnel on board are also trained in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

         

         

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Angus Essenhigh

        Angus Essenhigh
        RANK:
        Commander
        JOINED:
        1996
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Daring, HMS Kent, Pembroke
        Military experience

        Cdr Angus Essenhigh joined the Navy in 1992 as a University Cadet and after basic training obtained a degree in French, Russian and Philosophy from Durham University.

        He returned to the Navy in 1996 and his first complement appointment was as Navigating Officer of HMS Blackwater, a River-class minesweeper conducting counter-terrorism operations in Northern Ireland and as the Signal Communications Officer of the Type 22 Frigate HMS Campbeltown.

        He passed the Frigate Navigating Officer’s course in 1999 and was given the prestigious assignment as the first Navigating Officer of the USS Winston S.Churchill, an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer.

        After two enjoyable years in the USA, he returned to the UK in 2002 and took command of HMS Tracker, a P2000 patrol boat and was Officer in Charge of Oxford University Royal Naval Unit.

        There then followed a short assignment as Commanding Officer of HMS Pursuer, another P2000, based in Cyprus conducting Counter Terrorism Ops as part of Operation Telic. On return he completed the Initial Staff Course and the Principal Warfare Officers Course.

        He joined HMS Kent in 2006 and, during a varied 2 year posting, acted as PWO(A), then Ops Officer and finally Executive Officer, completing a 6 month deployment to the Northern Gulf in support of Operation Telic.

        Sub-specialising as an Anti-Air Warfare Officer he joined HMS Daring in build in early 2008 as AAWO and Ops Officer and delivered the Stage 2 trials programme before leaving in late 2009.

        He assumed command of MCM1 Crew 2 in May 2010 and commanded three single-role mine hunters including 7 months in HMS Pembroke in the Gulf as part of Operation Kipion. He completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2012 and obtained a Masters Degree in Defence Administration.

        He assumed command of HMS Daring in December 2012.

        He lives in Southsea with his wife and 2 children. He spends much of his time renovating his house but also enjoys sport of all varieties. He has been a member of the Royal Navy Cresta Team for the last 17 years.


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        OPERATIONS

        Humanitarian Assistance

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        The Royal Navy provides humanitarian aid and practical assistance whenever disasters strike. Because the Royal Navy is globally deployed, it very often has ships and skilled military personnel on hand to deliver immediate assistance and is uniquely placed to help.

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        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        TYPE 45 DESTROYER
        Type 45
        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        • Phalanx
          Short range machine gun
          Short range machine gun

          Throwing up an impenetrable wall of fire, Phalanx is one of the deadly last lines of defence for Britain's warships. It is fitted to Type 42 and Type 45 destroyers and Bay, Wave and Fort Victoria-class ships in the RFA Capable of engaging targets around one mile away, Phalanx is a radar-controlled Gatling gun which fires 20mm shells, spewing out 3,000 rounds a minute. Like Goalkeeper, it is designed to engage incoming enemy aircraft and missiles if they penetrated a ship or task group's outer ring of defences such as Sea Viper or Sea Dart. During Operation Telic, Phalanx guns were removed from ships and were crewed by sailors defending Basra airport, the hub of British operations in southern Iraq. The guns saw extensive action against incoming rockets and mortars fired by insurgents.

        • Sea Viper
          Surface to Air missile system
          Sea viper

          Sea Viper is the punch of the Type 45 destroyers, the very reason the ships exist - and the reason why that main mast is so tall. The missile provides all-round defence – not just for the destroyer but for an entire naval task group - against all aerial threats some 70 miles away. It races towards its target at speeds in excess of Mach Four (over 3,000mph) using a series of tiny jets to manoeuvre, carrying out sharp turns at G forces no human could endure. The system comprises Sampson radar (the spinning egg atop the Type 45’s main mast), a Combat Management System, long-range radar, the Sylver missile-launching system on the destroyer's forecastle and Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles with ranges up to 20 and 75 miles respectively. Until January 28 2009 – the date of the arrival of the first Type 45, HMS Daring, in Portsmouth – Sea Viper was known as PAAMS: Principal Anti-Air Missile System. The missiles were tested at France's missile range, the Centre d’Essais de Lancement des Missiles on Île du Levant, off Toulon, using a special trials barge, Longbow, before the first successful firing from Type 45. That came off the Outer Hebrides in September 2010 at the Benbecula ranges, where HMS Dauntless successfully shot down a drone target.

        • 4.5Mk8 Gun
          medium calibre weapon system
          Mk8 4.5 Gun

          If you're looking for punch and firepower, then the 4.5in main gun, found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy's frigates and destroyers, is the most obvious provider. Even in an age of missiles, there's still a need for a weapon to pulverise enemy positions and demoralise the foe - and the 4.5in gun has done so in the Falklands and Iraq. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away - and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used. In various forms, the 4.5in has been the Navy's standard medium gun since before World War 2, embodied today by the Mk8 which has been in service since the early 1970s. There are two types of Mk8 used by the Fleet. The older Mod 0 (with its curved turret), which is gradually being replaced, and the angular Mod 1 (nicknamed Kryten after the robot on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf) which is harder for enemy radar to pick up. The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets. In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery. The Mk8 can also be used effectively against surface targets at sea.

        • Lynx Mk8
          Helicopter weapons system
          Lynx Mk8

          The Lynx truly is a jack of all trades, capable to taking on enemy ships (with Sea Skua missiles), enemy submarines (with Sting Ray torpedoes or depth charges), and smaller surface targets courtesy of machine-gun pods or sniper rifles. It can carry a Royal Marines boarding team, who abseil rapidly down ropes on to ships below, and regularly conducts surveillance and reconnaissance missions using its dazzling array of sensors, cameras and recording equipment. The Lynx is the backbone of the Fleet Air Arm and front-line operations by the frigate and destroyer fleets, operating over the ice of Antarctica and the sands of the Gulf, the expanse of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the confines of the Strait of Gibraltar or English Channel

        • Phalanx
          Short range machine gun
          Short range machine gun

          Throwing up an impenetrable wall of fire, Phalanx is one of the deadly last lines of defence for Britain's warships. It is fitted to Type 42 and Type 45 destroyers and Bay, Wave and Fort Victoria-class ships in the RFA Capable of engaging targets around one mile away, Phalanx is a radar-controlled Gatling gun which fires 20mm shells, spewing out 3,000 rounds a minute. Like Goalkeeper, it is designed to engage incoming enemy aircraft and missiles if they penetrated a ship or task group's outer ring of defences such as Sea Viper or Sea Dart. During Operation Telic, Phalanx guns were removed from ships and were crewed by sailors defending Basra airport, the hub of British operations in southern Iraq. The guns saw extensive action against incoming rockets and mortars fired by insurgents.

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        D32

        Displacement

        8,000tonnes

        Complement

        190personnel

        Length

        152Metres

        Beam

        21.2metres

        Draught

        5.3metres

        Top Speed

        30+knots

        Range (Nautical)

        7,000nautical miles

        Launch Date

        01/02/06

        Commissioned date

        23/07/09

        Power Generated

        46MWenough for 80,000 people

        TAKE A LOOK

        HMS Daring

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Daring HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Daring
        • Ship History

          The Daring story begins with a 12-gun brig which ran aground off Sierra Leone in 1813 and was scuttled by her crew to prevent her falling into French hands. Her successor was also a 12-gun brig which spent 20 years on active duties in North American and African waters in the mid-19th Century.

        • The Third Daring

          The third Daring was four-gun sloop which spent 15 years in the Far East before being sold in 1889.

        • Battle History

          The third was soon followed by a torpedo boat destroyer which flew the White Ensign for 17 years over the turn of the 20th Century. In her day, she was the fastest warship in the world (28kts) – but she was soon eclipsed by the new breed of turbine-powered vessels and was sold in 1912.

        • The Fifth Daring

          Twenty years later the fifth Daring appeared on the scene: a D-class destroyer which initially served in the Mediterranean and Far East; among her commanding officers was one Lord Louis Mountbatten.

        • Battle History

          She was sunk by U-boat ace Otto Kretschmer some 40 miles off the Pentland Firth in February 1940. Only five of her 162 crew survived.

        • The Sixth Daring

          Although the Daring-class vessels were ordered during the war, none were laid down until after the guns fell silent. In Daring’s case, she served the Royal Navy from 1952 until 1968. Among her final duties was to deal with the aftermath of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster off the Cornish coast in 1967.

        • The name and motto

          We owe our name, motto (splendide audax – brilliantly daring) and badge to a legendary Roman figure, Gaius Mucius, who thrust his hand into a fire to show he was not afraid of being tortured by his enemies. “I am but the first of three hundred young Romans, all equally daring, who have sworn to kill you or die in the attempt,” he told his captors.

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