HMS Dauntless was temporarily reduced to harbour training ship in 2016.
It’s no secret that HMS Dauntless had endured the most issues relating to the widely reported propulsion issues currently found in the Type 45 Destroyers. Those issues appear to be behind the vessel.
Kevan Jones Labour, Member of Parliament for North Durham, asked in a written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for HMS Dauntless to return to active duty.”
James Heappey, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement, responded:
“HMS DAUNTLESS will be the first of the Type 45 Destroyers to receive power and propulsion upgrades this spring and will return to sea for trials in 2021. Following completion of these sea trials she will return to the Fleet.”
HMS Dauntless is the second ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. The Type 45 destroyers are primarily designed for anti-air warfare with the capability to defend against sophisticated targets such as fighter aircraft, drones as well as highly manoeuvrable sea skimming anti-ship missiles travelling at high speeds.
The Royal Navy describes the destroyers mission as being “to shield the Fleet from air attack”.