Navy’s new warship sets sail

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The Royal Navy’s newest and most hi-tech warship has set sail for the destroyer’s maiden deployment.

Family members and well-wishers gathered to wave off HMS Daring as it left its home base of Portsmouth, Hampshire, for a seven-month mission to the Middle East.

The warship is the first of the six new Type 45 destroyers being introduced to the fleet.

Daring will take over from a frigate east of Suez where it will continue counter-piracy measures as well as provide general backup in the region.

Commanding officer Captain Guy Robinson said: “We are now very much looking forward to the deployment where we can contribute to maritime security in the region as well as demonstrating Daring’s broad capabilities to our allies.”