HMS Daring goes on global deployment

HMS Daring, one of the Royal Navy’s new-generation Type 45 destroyers, has left Portsmouth for a wide-ranging deployment which takes her to the Far East – and beyond.

The air defence warship will demonstrate the Navy’s global reach during the nine-month deployment which includes contributing to maritime security in the Asia Pacific, conducting science and technology trials in the Pacific and representing the UK in Exercise Bersama Lima – part of the Five Power Defence Arrangement annual programme of exercises in the region.

The deployment will also allow Daring and her 190 crew to represent the UK at high-profile celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy. A series of port visits is also lined up for Daring to conduct regional Defence Engagement.

Her Commanding Officer, Commander Angus Essenhigh, said: “This exciting deployment will do much to build on existing alliances, establish and strengthen new relationships and contribute to maritime security in the Asia Pacific – a region in which Britain has historic trade and security links.

We will also remain ready to react to contingent operations should they arise.”