HMS Dauntless, a Royal Navy destroyer, is to visit Dublin Port this weekend.
This will mark the first time a Type 45 destroyer will visit the Republic of Ireland and follows last year’s visit of a sister HMS Duncan which made an inaugural visit to Belfast, her adopted city.
The Type 45 destroyer is the most advanced air-defence vessel in the world. So powerful is the vessels SAMPSON radar, from its position in Dublin Port it could monitor the air traffic over the entire island of Ireland. The US Naval War College has suggested that the SAMPSON radar is capable of tracking 1,000 objects the size of a cricket ball travelling at three times the speed of sound
The UK’s National Audit Office reported that, during an “intensive attack”, a single Type 45 could simultaneously track, engage and destroy more targets than five Type 42 destroyers operating together.
HMS Dauntless recently returned to the UK following a deployment to the Gulf supporting US carrier operations against Islamic State.