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HMS DARING IN PORTSMOUTH

Wednesday January 28th, 2009
ImageHMS DARING ARRIVES HOME.

Hundreds are expected to watch the arrival of HMS Daring today when she arrives at her home port of Portsmouth. The first of 6 new Type 45 air defence destroyers, she has been labelled by the Royal Navy 'most capable destroyer ever'.

The ship was launched in February 2006 by the Countess of Wessex however work actually first began on Daring back in March 2003. Since then it has taken over two and a quarter million man hours using up 2800 tonnes of steel, 40 tonnes of paint and enough electrical cable to circle the M25 three times. She is the first of a fleet due to replace the Type 42’s currently in service.
The ultimate state-of-the-art warship, she can reach a speed of 31knots in two minutes, launch eight missiles in 10 seconds and her engines provide enough power to supply a town with an population of 80,000. Her Captain, Paul Bennett had this to say about her. 'Eighty per cent of the ship's equipment is different, so the ship's company has had a lot to learn… My task now is to make sure the ship's weapons systems work to the full extent of their capability and that will take about 11 months… It seems a long time, but it indicates just how complex these weapons will be.'
HMS Daring is expected to go into service later this year.
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