HMS Dauntless Due To Sail In to Portland Port Today
8:10am 14th February 2014
(Updated 8:11am 14th February 2014)
A Royal Navy ship which hunts pirates, defends fleets from air attacks and provides humanitarian aid after natural disasters is sailing into Portland Port this afternoon.
State-of-the art Type 45 Destroyer, the HMS Dauntless will be here until Sunday.
Whilst in Portland, HMS Dauntless will play host to pre-invited guests on Friday evening for a ship's capability demonstration, and at the weekend a number of local youth groups, including Sea Cadets from Portland and Bridport, Girl Guides and Sea Scouts will be given group tours.
"Portland is steeped in naval history," Commanding Officer of HMS Dauntless, Commander Adrian Fryer, told Wessex FM, "It is always a great pleasure to visit the area and I am looking forward to hosting our guests throughout the weekend. I know that my ship's company is looking forward to chatting to our visitors and explaining more about the ship, the Royal Navy and the role we have in protecting our nation's interests, both at home and further afield."
HMS Dauntless, the second of the Type 45 destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of the class to fire the new Sea Viper missile.
The Navy say that Destroyers are part of their backbone, 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 six Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the fleet from air attack using the Sea Viper missile which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away if necessary.
The Type 45s can also be used as general-purpose warships; they have huge flight decks to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook. There's enough space on board to host a Royal Marines detachment up to 60-men strong.