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.”