HMS Dauntless sails to the Gulf for anti-piracy patrols

HMS Dauntless left Portsmouth today for a five month routine deployment to the Gulf.

The Type 45 destroyer will maintain a continuous presence in the region deterring piracy and keeping the sea lanes open for free and safe passage of merchant vessels.

During her time away Dauntless will make several stops in the Mediterranean for training as well as visiting ports in a number of Gulf States to strengthen ties in the region.

Her Commanding Officer, Commander Adrian Fryer, said:

"This will be a high profile deployment for Dauntless during which we will provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, while conducting maritime security and counter-piracy patrols. HMS Dauntless has been through intense training to be in a position to undertake this deployment and I am immensely proud of my ship's company."

This will be a high profile deployment for Dauntless during which we will provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, while conducting maritime security and counter-piracy patrols.

Commander Adrian Fryer

Able Seaman Sam Whitehead said:

"I am really looking forward to going away with HMS Dauntless, this is my first deployment and I'm really excited to be doing something so important."

HMS Dauntless plans to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign on her way home. She will transit the Dardanelles to take part in organised events to commemorate the 100 year anniversary. Commander Fryer said:

"It will be a great privilege for Dauntless to support the centenary and remember the immense bravery and sacrifices that were made there."