HMS Dauntless

HMS Dauntless

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

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Almost two years later, she returned to her home base of Portsmouth in October 2012 after her maiden deployment to the Atlantic, where she notched up 30,000 miles visiting 18 countries across four continents.

During a series of exercises, Dauntless worked with 27 other navies and provided training for 600 foreign military personnel.

The ship also played host to almost 4,000 diplomatic guests on behalf of UK embassies and consulates in every port she visited.

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Current operation Training

The ship and her company are being put through their paces in preparation for returning to the front line.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Joint Warrior

    Europe's largest military exercise - a tri-Service, multinational exercise involving over 35 warships, 25 aircraft, marines and troops.

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Unit History

The First DAUNTLESS1804

The first Dauntless was an 18 gun sloop launched at Hull in November of 1804. After running aground during a battle on the Vistula river in 1807 she was forced to surrender to the French.


The second HMS Dauntless was launched only a year after the loss of the first. A 26 gun sloop, she served on the African coast and escorted convoys during the Napoleonic wars.

Battle Honours1854

The third HMS Dauntless was a 24 gun frigate launched in 1847, earning the first battle honours for her name:
Baltic 1854 and Crimea 1854-55

The Fourth Dauntless1918

A Danae class cruiser built in 1918, she saw extensive action in WWII, spending the final years of the conflict as a training vessel before being broken up in 1946.

Battle honours1946

In 1939, shortly after the start of the Second World War, she took part in the occupation of the French Comoros Islands and Madagascar earning her Battle Honours.

The Fifth Dauntless1954

The next Dauntless was a shore establishment near Reading; the WRNS training centre from 1953 to 1981. The Association of Wrens has formed a strong bond with the new Dauntless.

The Most Famous Dauntless?2003

Possibly the most famous Dauntless of all is a fictional one; it is the flagship of the Royal Navy in the 2003 Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Type 45 HMS Dauntless2010

The Type 45 Air Defence destroyer joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile.

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Commanding Officer Adrian Fryer

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Cdr Adrian Fryer joined the Royal Navy in 1992. He assumed Command of HMS Dauntless in December 2012

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Her maiden voyage saw her notch up 30,000 miles.

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