Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring (D32) – Gallery

A collection of personal photos aboard the Type 45 destroyer HMS DaringDaring was the first of the Type 45s and was commissioned in 2009. With a crew of 190 she has had a very busy life since then including a circumnavigation of the globe from May 2013 to February 2014 during which the vessel helped relieve the stricken islands of the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan struck in late 2013.

The sailor who has donated these images (including one or two taken by family) had served aboard Daring before leaving the Royal Navy quite recently but wishes to remain anonymous.



On Deck incl. Phalanx CIWS and Seagnat Decoy System


Sailor’s Bunks


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The Queen sets sail

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

It has been one of the most ambitious naval projects in British history and last night the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was finally launched last night. In order to head out, the giant aircraft carrier had to wait for the right tide to pass under the Forth Bridge. It is estimated that there was barely 20 inches between the aircraft carrier and the bottom as it passed under the bridge. The ship was supported by a flotilla of 11 tugboats to help the ship navigate its way out of the dockyard.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon commented;

This is a historic moment for the UK as our new aircraft carrier takes to sea for the very first time. This floating fortress is by far the most powerful ship ever built in Britain that will enable us to tackle multiple and changing threats across the globe.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is an enduring example of British imagination, ingenuity, invention that will help keep us safe for decades to come. She is built by the best, crewed by the best and will deliver for Britain.

For the next 50 years she will deploy around the world, demonstrating British power and our commitment to confronting the emerging challenges from a dangerous world. The whole country can be proud of this national achievement.

Commanding officer Captain Jerry Kydd said of his ship;

I think there are very few capabilities, by any country, that are as symbolic as a carrier strike capability…Submarines you can’t see, but these are very visible symbols of power and power projection.

The launch has been unfortunately marred by reports in the media that the vessel’s systems still run on Windows XP which following the cyber attack on the NHS – who operated similar software – earlier this year has led to questions over whether the ship is vulnerable to cyber attack. Navy chiefs have denied that there is a risk and that protective measures have been taken.


HMS Vanguard’s dramatic final departure, 1960

HMS Vanguard was not only the biggest, fastest and last of the Royal Navy’s battleships but she also had the distinction of being the last battleship ever launched when she was commissioned on May 12th 1946. Throughout her career, Vanguard usually served as the flagship for Royal Navy or NATO surface groups and in 1953 she participated in Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Review. While undergoing refit in 1955, the Admiralty announced that the ship was going to be put into reserve and was finally sold for scrap in 1960. However, the ship would have one last defiant and almost catastrophic moment in her life before she was to go to the breaker’s yard.

On August 4th 1960, the sea front was packed with people who came to see the mighty ship off as she was to leave Portsmouth for Faslane, Scotland where she would be broken up. As the last battleship was being towed towards the harbour entrance however, she slid across the harbour and ran aground near the Still & West pub. It would take an hour and the effort of five tugboats to pull her off again and lead her out to sea for her final journey north.

German Warship FGS Main A515 at West India Docks, London. April 2016

A collection of pictures of the German Elbe-class replenishment ship FGS Main A515 during a stay at the West India Docks at Canary Wharf in London.

All photos were taken on April 16th 2016
Photos: Dave Taskis

The FGS Main was accompanied by two other German warships during its stay at the London docks namely the Ensdorf-class minesweepers  FGS Pegnitz M1090 and FGS Siegburg M1098. The vessels are participating in SquadEx 2016 conducting minesweeping exercises in the Baltic Sea.

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NEWS: First crewmembers assigned to HMS Prince of Wales

The first 12 crewmembers of the second of the Royal Navy’s new 65,000ton supercarriers have been assigned to the vessel. HMS Prince of Wales is currently still being assembled at Rosyth dockyard in Fife and is expected to begin her sea trials by the end of 2019. The first supercarrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth which is much closer to completion, currently has a crew of 370 personnel which will double by the time she begins her own sea trials.

Captain Simon Petitt, the senior officer in charge of the carrier project said;

It’s fantastic to see the first members of HMS Prince of Wales arrive. These are two very exciting ships that are being built for the Royal Navy. Prince of Wales is progressing very fast but a ship is nothing without its sailors so the first 12 members arriving today is a very important date for the project, but more so for the Royal Navy.

NEWS: Jutland veteran to be restored with impounded wood

HMS Caroline

A consignment of Spanish cedar wood worth in the region of £100,000 destined for a Latin American client was confiscated by the UK Border Agency after the owners failed to provide evidence that it was harvested from a sustainable source. The wood timber will now be used to help restore the World War One cruiser HMS Caroline from a rusting hulk to a floating museum ready for it to take part in the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the most significant naval battle of the Great War, next year.

HMS Caroline is the last survivor of the battle and earlier this year a £15m lottery donation began the process of bringing the ship based in Belfast back to life. During the battle the vessel was part of the screening force which sailed ahead of the Grand Fleet to establish the position of German battleships off the coast of Denmark.

The confiscated cedar wood will be primarily used to replace the worn out wooden deck.

NEWS: Royal Navy cuts Type 26 order but it may be a good thing

Type 26 Royal Navy frigate

The Royal Navy has cut the order for the new Type 26 frigate from thirteen to eight. In place of the cancelled vessels will be a new class of lighter and cheaper warships to fill the gap. The decision was announced by the British Government on Monday during the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announcement.

However some sources claim that this is actually a good thing for the Royal Navy and BAE Systems who are the main contractor in building the ships. It will mean that now the Royal Navy now has a firm order for the eight ships whereas before there was doubt over just how many they would receive. For BAE Systems it means they can keep their engineering teams working in developing the new vessels.

On the downside it does mean that if either project is delayed then the Royal Navy’s surface fleet may experience a capability gap as the older warships the Type 26 is set to replace are phased out.