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        Destroyers

        Destroyers 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

        • HMS Daring

          HMS Daring is the first of the Navy’s six £1bn Type 45 destroyers and she is the first of class to deploy. In preparation she conducted work-ups with an American Carrier battle Group back in 2010 and gone through a series of upgrade programmes to ensure she met the high standards required for deploying RN units. Daring is designed to create a defensive shield around a task force – and troops ashore – protecting them from air attack. The ship was launched on a bitterly cold day at BAE Systems’ yard in Scotstoun on the Clyde in February 2006 by her sponsor, the Countess of Wessex.

          HMS Daring
        • HMS Dauntless

          HMS Dauntless, the second of the T45 Destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile. Since then she has proved her capability helping to ‘protect’ the USS Carrier Battle Group in Exercise Saxon Warrior as the American units approached the UK in May.

          HMS Dauntless
        • HMS Diamond

          HMS Diamond is the third of Britain's fleet of six Type 45 destroyers. Launched on the Clyde by our sponsor, Lady Johns, in November 2007, the ship arrived in Portsmouth in the autumn of 2010 and was commissioned in the spring of 2011. She deployed in June 2012 on her maiden deployment.

          HMS Diamond
        • HMS Defender

          HMS Defender is the fifth of the Navy’s six £1bn Type 45 destroyers – and is currently being built in Glasgow which is one of her two affiliated cities (the other is Exeter). She will be going to sea for trials in October this year and will be delivered to her home port of Portsmouth in July 2012.

          After a further period of trials she is expected to join the Fleet early in 2013.

          HMS Defender
        • HMS Edinburgh

          HMS Edinburgh – known as the ‘Fortress of the Sea’ – is the nation’s penultimate – and largest – Type 42 Destroyer. Following her upkeep in 2010, Edinburgh left UK waters as a fully trained unit ready for her role providing reassurance and protection to the Falkland Islands. After completing a successful six month deployment, the Ship’s Company enjoyed Christmas in the UK. She will prepare to re-deploy on operations towards the end of 2012.

          HMS Edinburgh
        • HMS Liverpool

          HMS Liverpool was the last survivor of the original Type 42 destroyers built in the 1970s and early 1980s. Known sometimes as the Crazy Red Chicken courtesy of the red Liver Bird on the ship’s badge, Liverpool was the last ‘shortened’ Type 42 in service with the Royal Navy. At the start of 2011, she was preparing herself to sail with the Responsive Force Task Group on the Cougar deployment. As the events in Libya developed, the tasking was changed to provide the UK contribution to the NATO Op Unified Protector.

          HMS Liverpool
        • HMS Dragon

          HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Navy’s six £1bn Type 45 destroyers – and the latest to be commissioned into the Fleet. She was launched 17 November 2008 by her Lady Sponsor – Mrs Susie Boissier. After successfully completing extensive trials, the destroyer was handed over to the Royal Navy and made her debut in Portsmouth in the late summer of 2011.

          HMS Dragon

        Operations

        • Defender experiences the Lynx effect during first helicopter trials17/10/2012

          New destroyer HMS Defender hosted a helicopter for the first time as a Lynx touched down on her sweeping flight deck. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 is conducting her first period of trials and training under the White Ensign off the South Coast.

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        • Action-packed demonstration from Diamond as she shares her board and search expertise11/10/2012

          HMS Diamond demonstrated the Royal Navy’s expertise in board and search when she joined forces with Emirati allies for exercises in the Gulf. The new destroyer linked up with the UAE frigate Murayjib for Exercise Falcon Warrior, laying on a comprehensive boarding exercise involving her Lynx and specially-trained Royal Marines/Royal Navy boarding team.

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        • Dauntless sailors recreate historic moment from their ship’s past life08/10/2012

          Sailors and Royal Marines aboard new destroyer HMS Dauntless recreated an historic ship’s company photograph from nearly a century ago. One hundred and 74 of the 200 men and women aboard lined up on the forecastle of the Type 45 – just as their forebears did 91 years ago under solemn circumstances in New York harbour.

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        • Navy will share London 2012 experiences with Rio to make next Olympics safe05/10/2012

          The Royal Navy will share its expertise of shielding this year’s Olympics with organisers of the Rio Games in four years time. The heads of the British and Brazilian navies signed an agreement in Rio to share expertise from this summer’s security mission as well as other naval technology.

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        • Fireworks from Dauntless during night-time gunnery training in the Caribbean05/10/2012

          HMS Dauntless lit up the Caribbean night as she took part in an impressive gunnery shoot in the dark with numerous other warships as an international exercise reached its fiery climax.The 11-day-long UNITAS exercise saw 13 ships from seven nations train together and let rip with their firepower against targets in the air and on the sea.

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