HMS Daring crest

HMS Daring (D32)

At 151 metres long, weighing 8,000 tonnes and packed with the latest in Air Warfare technology, HMS Daring – the first Type 45 Destroyer – is a world leader and world beater.

Daring has had a busy life since commissioning in 2009, circumnavigating the globe from May 2013 to February 2014.

She has conducted radar trials in the Pacific Ocean, provided relief the stricken islands of the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan, and put her sophisticated radar and missile systems to excellent use protecting US aircraft carriers as they strike at terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Daring returned to Portsmouth in May 2017. During her time away, she visited 12 countries, steamed 50,000 miles and taken part in 20 patrols of the Bab-al-Mandeb strait to reassure merchant vessels and keep the sea lanes open for trade.

Facts & figures


Facts & figures

152 metres

In length

8,000 tonnes


21.2 meters

Width (beam) at widest point

Our operations


Current operation



Alongside in Portsmouth Naval Base.

Our base


Our base


Get Directions

HMS Daring's role

Type 45 destroyers like Daring are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the Fleet from air attack using Sea Viper missile, which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away. They work around the world to hunt pirates, drug runners and submarines, defending the Fleet from air attack, and providing humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

Onboard, 190 sailors are trained to act across the full spectrum of military activity including such missions as Disaster Relief in the wake of a typhoon, Maritime Security operations to counter the threat from piracy, and when required, high intensity war fighting against the nation’s enemies.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

Never miss an update...

Want all the latest news from HMS Daring? Add this page to your favourites.


Follow HMS Daring on Twitter

RT @RoyalFamily: 🕹 The Countess put her skills to the test in the e-gaming challenge! Going head to head for the Cup were personnel from @…