HMS Daring

HMS Daring

HMS Daring, the first Type 45, is at the forefront of the Royal Navy’s next generation of Area Air Defence Destroyers. At 151 metres long, weighing 8000 tonnes and packed with the latest in Air Warfare technology, Daring is a world leader and world beater.

Add to favourites

Her highly trained complement of 190 Sailors is trained to act across the full spectrum of military activity; including such missions as Disaster Relief in the wake of a typhoon, Maritime Security operations to counter the threat from piracy, and when required, high intensity war fighting against the nation’s enemies.

Daring has had a very busy life since her commissioning in 2009 but her most recent success was her circumnavigation of the globe from May 2013 to February 2014.  During this she conducted important trials of her radars in the Pacific Ocean, helped relieve the stricken islands of the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan struck in late 2013 and conducted wider regional engagement in Far East Asia over Christmas and into early 2014.

Daring is now alongside in her baseport at Portsmouth and undergoing a capability upgrade and maintenance period before returning to sea in September.  She will then commence an intensive work up and training cycle to bring her people and systems to fighting strength before deploying in 2015 on Operations in defence of our nation’s interests.

Countess of Wessex

Countess of Wessex witnesses cup challenge in the honour

More

HMS Daring Latest News

England football star learns about Navy’s global role

More

Philippines thank UK military for help after last year’s devastating typhoon

More
See all news for HMS Daring

Current operation Alongside

Currently alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Operation Patwin

    Operation Patwin is the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan.

Location Portsmouth

prev next

Unit History

Ship History1813

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.  

Ship History1833

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 Daring1889

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

Battle History1912

A  torpedo boat destroyer which flew the White Ensign for 17 years, this Daring was the fastest warship in the world in her time – but was sold in 1912. 

The Fifth Daring1932

Twenty years later, the fifth Daring appeared on the scene: a D-class destroyer which served in the Mediterranean and Far East. Among her Commanding Officers was Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Battle History1940

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 Daring1952

The sixth Daring served the RN from 1952 until 1968.  She assisted with the aftermath of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker spill in 1967.

SEVENTH DaRING2006

The first of the Type 45 Air Defence destroyers  was named HMS Daring and was launched by HRH The Countess of Wessex on 1 February 2006.  

Commissioning day2006

Welcomed into Portsmouth harbour by large crowds, HMS Daring was commissioned on 23 July in HM Naval Base Portsmouth, the future home port of the six Type 45 class of destroyers.

Securing Britain's Future

An island nation needs a powerful navy. A simple fact, often forgotten. Go behind the scenes of the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and discover its true scale and ambition.

Read about the new carrier

Commanding Officer Philip Dennis

Rank: Commander

Commander Philip Dennis joined the Royal Navy in 1995. He assumed command of HMS Daring in May 2014.

Previous units

Download full profile

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Join us

Fact

She has a nautical range of 7,000 miles

Fact

There is enough space on board to host a Royal marines detachment of up to 60-men strong

HMNB Portsmouth

Learn more

Fact

Displacement: 8,000 tonnes; Length: 152m; Beam: 21.2m; Complement: 190

AFFILIATIONS