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HMS Dauntless leaves Wednesday for routine deployment to the South Atlantic

Monday, April 2nd 2012 - 18:40 UTC
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It’s the first operational deployment for Dauntless since she was commissioned It’s the first operational deployment for Dauntless since she was commissioned

The Royal Navy announced that Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dauntless sails on Wednesday, April 4, for a six-month routine deployment to the South Atlantic, relieving HMS Montrose that is on her way back home.

The Type 45 destroyer “will maintain a continuous presence protecting British interests in the region, carrying out maritime security operations off West Africa and the wider South Atlantic” said the Royal Navy announcement adding that HMS Dauntless program includes port visits in both West and South Africa.

It’s the first operational deployment for Dauntless since she was commissioned into the British fleet in 2010. Since then she has been put through an intensive period of sea trials and training to prepare her for operations.

HMS Dauntless belongs to the new generation of state-of-the-art destroyers for the surface fleet, each of which at a cost of approximately £1 billion.

Her Commanding Officer, Captain Will Warrender, said that HMS Dauntless’ ship’s company has been working extremely hard over the last year or so to prepare for our first operational deployment.

”We are now ready to provide a reassuring presence in the region and protect British interests”, said Captain Warrender.

Her departure comes just one day before the 30th anniversary of when the Falklands task force left Portsmouth to regain the Islands on April 5, 1982. Then, thousands of people lined the seafront to see HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible leave for war.

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  • malen

    is it a cruise??? is it to show friendship????

    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:20 pm 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @1 It's like the ARA Saint Belgrano, a peace boat, armed with hugs and shooting bubbles.

    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:21 pm 0
  • briton

    Please please.
    Don’t take us for idiots, this was promised months ago,
    But you were to polite to send it, we must not upset anyone,

    CFK is again complaining to the UN that we are militarising the south Atlantic,
    And again we can’t apologise enough,
    Fxck em, its British territory, it’s a British ship, and we don’t need to know hold to CFK,
    The Russians and Americans quietly told her to xxxxx and the French even Easter Island,
    But no we polite British must not offend,
    I fully understand we must be diplomatic but when you fxcking cretins destroy a navy that was ,is our lives, you insult us,
    Having projected power is one thing,
    But thronging paper bags is something bloody different; get your finger out,
    Be proud to be British and back it up,
    Talk talk .


    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:25 pm 0
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