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A Closer Look at HMS Daring

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2009

Some views of HMS DARING during her visit to Liverpool during the Whit  Bank Holiday Weekend 2009.  This was the first viist to Merseyside of a Type 45 destroyer to Merseyside. The Class leader was launched by BVT Surface Fleet a merger of Vosper Thornycroft and BAe systems in 2006 and completed in 2008, HMS Deering was to have been class leader of 12 new destroyers which was eventually reduced to just 6 by 2008.  The bow sections, funnels and masts were constructed at Portsmouth and then conveyed to Govan, Scotland for final assembly.

HMS DARING displaces 7,350 tonnes and measures 152.4m x 21.2m x 5.7m. She has a maximum speed proved on trials of 31.5knots.  Armament comprises a PAAMS air defence system, a 4.5inch gun with a combination of 48 Aster 15 and 30 Aster "Sea Viper" missiles and Oerlikon 30mm guns.

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