It was a real honour to take HMS Daring into Constanta for the first time and we are privileged to have had such support from our host nation

Commander Marcus Hember, Commanding Officer of HMS Daring

The Type 45 destroyer has now handed over her security duties east of Suez to Plymouth-based HMS Monmouth, her mission in the Middle East complete after seven and a half months in the region.

Before entering the Black Sea, the Type 45 destroyer had been protecting 800,000 tonnes of merchant shipping in the Middle East.

The ship had undertaken 20 journeys through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, reassuring merchant vessels and keeping the sea lanes open for trade.

Around 95 per cent of Britain’s economic activity depends upon the sea and a vast amount of global trade passes through the region.

HMS Daring has been key to providing reassurance in the region, being equipped to tackle possible air and surface threats with her combination of surveillance radars and Sea Viper missiles.

Daring handed over her security duties east of Suez to Plymouth-based HMS Monmouth, her mission in the Middle East complete after seven and a half months in the region.

Having now left Constanta, the ship will continue her operational deployment through the Mediterranean to provide maritime security before heading home for Portsmouth and concluding her nine months at sea.

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