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        HMS Dauntless

        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 in Cape Town

        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.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Adrian Fryer

        Adrian Fryer
        RANK:
        Commander
        JOINED:
        1992
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Chiddingfold, Exeter, Ocean, Tyne, Clyde
        Military experience

        Adrian Fryer was born in Greater Manchester in 1971. Spending the majority of his formative years on Anglesey, he was educated at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch and gained a BSc(Hons) in Maritime Geography from Cardiff University before joining the Royal Navy in 1992.

        Initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College was followed by Fleet time in HM Ships Battleaxe, Chiddingfold and Nottingham and his first complement job as an OOW in HMS Liverpool, which included his first Armilla patrol to the Gulf.

        Subsequently, he joined the Northern Ireland Squadron as Executive Officer of HMS Arun in 1996 and spent a remarkably rewarding 2 years in support of the Northern Ireland Police Force, Special Branch and the Army, leading over 750 counter-terrorist boardings.

        He qualified as a Principle Warfare Officer Above Water in 2000 and joined HMS Exeter as the Gunnery Officer. This appointment included the inaugural Operation Active Endeavour deployment to the western Mediterranean.

        Following further specialist training as an Anti-Air Warfare Officer, he joined HMS Gloucester as the Operations Officer in 2003. During his tenure as Operations Officer, the Ship completed SARC, BOST and a Tier 2 work up in France before escorting the French aircraft carrier FNS Charles De Gaulle in the Gulf and Indian Ocean in support of operations ashore in Afghanistan.

        In 2004 he joined the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training where he spent 2 years training the Operations Teams of Royal Navy ships and a wide variety of foreign navies. In this role, he was also the Unit Liaison Officer for HMS Ocean and responsible for the continued development and implementation of operational sea training for FF/DDs and the development of Force Protection for all units.

        In 2006, he joined the Fleet Headquarters and enjoyed 2½ fascinating years as the Military and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff (Capability), serving three different 2*s in the transforming post.

        From 2009-11 he commanded both the Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Tyne on Fishery Protection duties, and the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel HMS Clyde, protecting British interests in the South Atlantic.

        He was promoted to Commander in June 2011 and graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2012. He assumes Command of HMS Dauntless in December 2012.

        A keen sportsman, he enjoys mountain biking, motor biking, scuba diving and snow boarding – and the occasional round of golf when time allows.


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        OPERATIONS

        Maritime security - On Patrol

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

        Training

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

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

        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        WEAPONS SYSTEM

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

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        • 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.

        • 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.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        D33

        Displacement

        8,000tonnes

        Complement

        190personnel

        Length

        152Metres

        Beam

        21.2metres

        Draught

        5.3metres

        Top Speed

        30+knots

        Range (Nautical)

        7,000nautical miles

        Launch Date

        23/01/07

        Commissioned date

        03/06/10

        As Long As

        16double decker buses

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        HMS Dauntless

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Dauntless HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Dauntless
        • The First of her Name

          There have been six ships with named HMS Dauntless, the first 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.

        • 1808

          The second HMS Dauntless was launched only a year after the loss of the first. A 26 gun sloop, she saw service on the African coast as well as escorting convoys to North Russia during the Napoleonic wars before paying off in 1825

        • Battle Honours

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

        • The Fourth Dauntless

          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 honours

          Although she arrived too late on the scene for WW I, during WW II she took part in operations in the Indian Ocean, notably the occupation of the French Comoros Islands and Madagascar, earning her Atlantic battle honours in 1939.

        • The Fifth Dauntless

          The next Dauntless was a well-known shore establishment in Burghfield, near Reading, which served as the training centre for thousands of wrens from 1953 to 1981. The Association of Wrens has already formed a strong bond with the new Dauntless.

        • The Most Famous Dauntless?

          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.

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