HMS Daring

Affiliation with the Royal Navy’s new Destroyer Class 

The Royal Navy’s latest class of general purpose surface warships are the Type 45 Destroyers. The six ships are known as the Daring, or ‘D’ Class; the first of the class named HMS Daring began construction in August 2003, she was launched in 2006.   She undertook an extensive programme of trials before commissioning in 2010.   She deployed round the world in 2013/14 and was awarded the Firmin Sword of Peace for her role in Operation Patwin in support of the Philippines following the typhoon.

HMS Daring’s current captain is Phil Dennis whose bio is available here.  A link to the RN’s website is here.

The remainder of the class include HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Dragon HMS Duncan and HMS Defender.


HMS Daring – Sydney October 2013

The Daring Association’s involvement with the class began when John Grandy and Patrick Lort-Phillips independently of each other suggested that a link with ships of such distinguished names might be fun and could lead to a helpful source of young crew for the Association, with the possibility of new association members or even owners from the Royal Navy downstream. The Committee was delighted that their approach to the small team overseeing the building of the so-called Type 45 Destroyers met with an enthusiastic response. The affiliation was officially launched at the Class AGM in December 2003 by Captain Tony Penny RN, the senior naval member of the build team. This initial affiliation with the build team was extended to HMS Daring when she launched, and has been informally broadened to include links with each of the other ships of the class.

The first of class, HMS Daring (motto: Splendide Audax – Finely Daring), launched from Scotstoun on the north bank of the Clyde in 2006.   She began sea trials in 2007 and entered full naval service in 2010.   Captain Paul Bennett, her first Commanding Officer, enjoyed two days racing with the class at Cowes during our 2008 season, one on Dauntless and one on Division Belle.   Since the ships launched, we have hosted a number of Captains, officers and crew to race with our class at Cowes or join us for our AGM winter dinners.

HMSDaring launch

HMS Daring’s Bow Section

The Daring Association enjoyed a number of visits to Daring class destroyers during their build and launches.   Brian Hardy led a team to see the ships in build at VT in Portsmouth Naval Base in June 2006.   HMS Daring’s bow section was lying on a barge ready to be towed to the Clyde whilst sections of HMS Dauntless and Diamond were in build around the workshops.   Brian Hardy led another team to the launch of HMS Dauntless in January 2007 including Jane Peckham, David Gower, Doug Harckham, Meryel Boyd and Calum Sillars.   The following year Carron Snagge led a party to visit HMS Diamond and watch the launch of HMS Dragon in November 2008 including David and Ben Gower, Mike Fox, Crispin Kenyon and Calum Sillars. Dragon Launch Nov 08 016

Dauntless Launch

The Launch of HMS Dauntless in January 2007

Lesser known facts about HMS Daring

  • The power plant on Daring could supply enough electricity to light a town of 80,000 people (ie Leicester).
  • Its fuel tanks have a volume equivalent to about half an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
  • The vessel contains 110 bunk beds, 26 sofa beds, 22 single beds and has its own hospital facilities.
  • The hull is made of 2,800 tonnes of steel weighing more than the Blackpool Tower.
  • Approximately 40 tonnes of paint will have to be applied to cover an area of 100,000sq m of steel.

HMS Daring Crew
If owners would like to offer crewing slots on their boats to members of HMS Daring’s crew or other ships of the T45 class please liaise with Calum Sillars who is acting as the Class’ Type 45 Destroyer affiliation representative. Similarly, if members are interested in visiting a ship of the class they should also contact Calum.

Royal Navy’s new Destroyer Class – Background

The Type 45 Destroyers, at around 7350 tonnes and 152 metres long, are part of the backbone of the Royal Navy, committed around the world 365 days a year hunting pirates, drug runners or submarines, defending the Fleet from air attack, and providing humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

Britain’s 6 Type 45 destroyers 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.  The Mk8 4.5in main gun, is found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy’s destroyer’s, it is the most obvious provider of punch and firepower. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells, per minute, weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away – and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used.   The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets.   In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery.

Sea Viper Principal Anti-Air Missile provides all-round defence – not just for the destroyer but for an entire naval task group – against all aerial threats some 70 miles away. It races towards its target at speeds in excess of Mach Four (over 3,000mph) using a series of tiny jets to manoeuvre, carrying out sharp turns at G forces no human could endure.  The system comprises Sampson radar (the spinning egg atop the Type 45’s main mast), a Combat Management System, long-range radar, the Sylver missile-launching system on the destroyer’s forecastle and Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles with ranges up to 20 and 75 miles respectively.


HMS Daring News

November 2008 – HMS Dragon Launch

October 2013 – Sydney

November 2013 – Humanitarian Aid Philippines

November 2013 – Update on Work in the Philippines

February 2014 – Newsletter

July 2014 – Newsletter

July 2016 – Newsletter

November 2016 – Newsletter

January 2017 – Newsletter

June 2018 – Newsletter