EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring has demonstrated her firepower before she departs on deployment, showing what a fully armed warship can do.
In footage obtained by the UK Defence Journal, we see the launch of an Aster missile. Aster is primarily operated by France, Italy, and the United Kingdom and is an integrated component of the PAAMS air-defence missile system, known in the Royal Navy as Sea Viper.
As the principal weapon of the PAAMS system, Aster equips the British Type 45 destroyers and French/Italian Horizon class frigates.
This demonstration of capability comes at an important time for the Type 45 Destroyer fleet, with the announcement the the class will receive new engines and a temporary fix until those new engines.
The class has long been overshadowed by reliability issues, centring on the power packs and intakes. Making them notorious for high maintenance time.
Launched at Scotstoun in Glasgow almost exactly ten years ago, Daring sailed into her home port Portsmouth almost three years to the day later.
After extensive trials and training, including working with the USS Enterprise battle group in 2010, and the firing of her Sea Viper main weapon system the following spring, the destroyer conducted her maiden deployment to the Gulf in 2012, followed by a ‘world tour’ spanning 2013-14.
HMS Daring was diverted to assist the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, earning the prestigious Firmin Sword of Peace for their efforts. Her crew assisted around 10,000 people whose homes or livelihoods had been destroyed by the storm.
HMS Daring is due to be deployed at the start of September.