HMS Daring

HMS Daring

HMS Daring, the first Type 45, is at the forefront of the Royal Navy’s next generation of Area Air Defence Destroyers. At 151 metres long, weighing 8000 tonnes and packed with the latest in Air Warfare technology, Daring is a world leader and world beater.

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Her highly trained complement of 190 Sailors is 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.

Daring has had a very busy life since her commissioning in 2009 but her most recent success was her circumnavigation of the globe from May 2013 to February 2014.  

During this she conducted important trials of her radars in the Pacific Ocean, helped relieve the stricken islands of the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan struck in late 2013 and conducted wider regional engagement in Far East Asia over Christmas and into early 2014.

The Type 45 destroyer and her 190-strong crew have sailed from Portsmouth with a mission to use her sophisticated radar and missile systems to protect US aircraft carriers as they strike at terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Her mission will also include providing vital information to the coalition’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Al Udeid, Qatar, as well as patrolling some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. The nine-month deployment follows on from that of her sister ship HMS Defender, which carried out a similar role earlier this year.


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HMS Daring trains with Romanian allies as Black Sea visit continues

HMS Daring trains with Romanian allies as Black Sea visit continues


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HMS Daring escorts the 62,000-tonne American military ferry/cargo ship USNS Brittin safely through ‘missile alley’

HMS Daring provides security and reassurance to shipping in the Middle East

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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Operation Patwin

    Operation Patwin is the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

Ship History1813

The Daring story begins with a 12-gun brig which ran aground off Sierra Leone in 1813 and was scuttled by her crew to prevent her falling into French hands.  

Ship History1833

Her successor was also a 12-gun brig which spent 20 years on active duties in North American and African waters in the mid-19th Century.

The Third Daring1889

The third Daring was four-gun sloop which spent 15 years in the Far East before being sold in 1889.

Battle History1912

A  torpedo boat destroyer which flew the White Ensign for 17 years, this Daring was the fastest warship in the world in her time – but was sold in 1912. 

The Fifth Daring1932

Twenty years later, the fifth Daring appeared on the scene: a D-class destroyer which served in the Mediterranean and Far East. Among her Commanding Officers was Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Battle History1940

She was sunk by U-boat ace Otto Kretschmer some 40 miles off the Pentland Firth in February 1940. Only five of her 162 crew survived.

The Sixth Daring1952

The sixth Daring served the RN from 1952 until 1968.  She assisted with the aftermath of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker spill in 1967.


The first of the Type 45 Air Defence destroyers  was named HMS Daring and was launched by HRH The Countess of Wessex on 1 February 2006.  

Commissioning day2006

Welcomed into Portsmouth harbour by large crowds, HMS Daring was commissioned on 23 July in HM Naval Base Portsmouth, the future home port of the six Type 45 class of destroyers.

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Commanding Officer Marcus Hember

Marcus Hember

Rank: Commander

Marcus Hember joined the Royal Navy as a Naval College Entrant Seaman Officer in 1996. Commander Hember took command of HMS Daring in January 2017.

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She has a nautical range of 7,000 miles


There is enough space on board to host a Royal marines detachment of up to 60-men strong

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Displacement: 8,000 tonnes; Length: 152m; Beam: 21.2m; Complement: 190