HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers, has arrived in her home base of Portsmouth for the first time

HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers, has arrived in her home base of Portsmouth for the first time. She was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers, although low cloud prevented a military flypast which had been planned to welcome her as she entered harbour.

The 7,500-tonne destroyer is the world’s most advanced air defence vessel and can detect and track aircraft and missiles up to 250 miles away. She can then classify and engage up to ten of them simultaneously, even if they are only the size of a cricket ball.

Daring’s novel fully integrated electrical propulsion system gives her a top speed of well over 30 knots, and she carries a crew of 191. Her Commanding Officer, Captain Paul Bennett OBE, said, “It’s been a fantastic event. Today provides a fitting opportunity to mark the arrival of the first new class of destroyer for 30 years”.