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SLEEK AND DESTROY; HMS Daring sets sail as pride of Clyde and envy of the world.

Byline: By John Ferguson

THIS lean, mean killing machine can destroy a target the size of a cricket ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound 18 miles away.

Yesterday, Clyde-built HMS Daring set sail from Scotstoun, Glasgow, on her maiden voyage.

The hi-tech warship can con enemy radar into thinking she is no bigger than a fishing boat.

And she can cover a distance equivalent to New York and back on one load of fuel.

Launched by the Countess of Wessex in February 2006, the destroyer is the first of six Type 45s being built for the Royal Navy.

They will provide the British fleet and her allies with an unparalleled level of anti-air warfare capability.

HMS Daring will be put through her paces by engineers from BAE Systems, the firm who built her, and the naval personnel who will formher crew when she enters service in 2009.

The senior officer on board the ship, Commander David Shutts, said: "This is a great day for everybody who has been involved in the Type 45 destroyer project.

"Both I and the rest of the Royal Naval ship's company have been looking forward to this event for a long time.

"It's not every day you take a first-of-class warship to sea."

BAE Systems surface fleet solutions managing director Vic Emery said: "I am delighted that the Type 45 programme to date has been delivered on time, on budget and to the customer's specification, underlining our commitment to supporting the operations of the UK armed forces.

"HMS Daring's departure, bang on schedule, is yet another tribute to the outstanding performance of the Clyde workforce.

"It is a huge achievement by a team involving BAE Systems and Royal Navy personnel and another key milestone towards the entry into service of the world's most advanced warship."

Following her sea trials, HMS Daring will return to the Clyde where she will undergo more tests.

She will be handed over to the Navy by the end of next year and enter full service in 2009.

HI-TECH WAY TO MAKE SIZE MATTER

STEALTH

The design incorporates stealth technology to reduce the chances of the ship being identified - this includes the cooling of exhaust gases to reduce the infra-red signature and avoiding the use of right angles - this reduces the radar signature to make the Type 45 appear to be the size of a fishing boat.

MATERIALS

Although the Type 45 is one of the most advanced warships in the world, it uses many standard materials from commercial shipbuilding. This allows the maximum possible investment in the defensive systems.

RADAR

The radar has a range of hundreds of miles. One of its main functions is to detect sea-skimming missiles and it is one of the most advanced in the world.

When testing the long-range radar, the equipment picked up all of the inward and outward bound flights from several major European airports, including Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Heathrow, Frankfurt and Schiphol in Amsterdam.

PAAMS

The principle anti-air missile system can deal with multiple targets simultaneously and is the most advanced in the world.

It can identify and deal with more threats simultaneously and deploys missiles more quickly and effectively. The system can identify, track and ultimately destroy a threat the size of a cricket ball traveling at three times the speed of sound.

MISC

The MISC facility was built in Portsmouth and is a purpose built combat system integration, test and trials facility.

ASTER MISSILES

The missiles are 20 times more manoeuverable than a Formula 1 car (pulling over 60G)

LIVING ON BOARD

The Type 45 offers each crewmember an average of 37 per cent more space than on previous ships with the amount of space now equivalent to passenger space onboard commercial ferries.

AS HIGH AS NELSON'S COLUMN

Type 45 has more than 20,000 power and data cables, stretching some 620km. Laid end-to-end, they would stretch from the Clyde yards in Glasgow to the MoD offices at Abbey Wood near Bristol.

The ship is 44 metres from keel to the top of the Sampson radar dome, which is the equivalent of a building which is 5 stories high or the height of Nelson's Column.

The ships are built in modular sections, with first steel cut on Daring in August 2003.

The bow and mast sections are made by VT Shipbuilding in Portsmouth and transported more than 500 miles to Glasgow by sea-going barge.

The deck is large enough to park 20 London buses. More usefully, it is large enough to land a Chinook helicopter, although the ships will normally carry Merlin helicopters.

External communications include internet and video conferencing while deployed anywhere in the world. Comprehensive internal communications including full wirefree communications for tasks such as fire-fighting.

The Type 45 is the first front-line warship to use all-electric propulsion which means you can run the whole ship off a single power plant at a reasonable speed.

Setting the standard

The Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyer is designed primarliy to protect UK national and allied/coalition forces against all known airborne threats.

Comprehensively equipped to provide self-protection, local and area air defence, her advanced weapon and sensor fit sets the benchmark standard for air defence destroyer capability.

CAPTION(S):

TYPE 45: ANTI-AIR WARFARE DESTROYER 1 Helicopter The Type 45 is designed to operate a Merlin HM1 or Lynx HMA 8 helicopter, armed with a stingray anti-submarine torpedoes and Sea Skua anti-ship missiles. Her flight deck is large enough to land a twin-rotor Chinook to deliver or embark troops or stores.; 2 navigation radar; 3 Long-range radar with identification friend-or-foe interrorgator; 4 Communications Mast; 5 DLH offboard decoy system (P&S); 6 30mm automatic small callibre guns (P&S): 30mm Oerlikon KCB cannon located port and starboard. Used to destroy close-in threats such as speedboats and helicopters; 7 Sampson multifunction radar; 8 Electro optical gunfire control system; 9 DLF passive naval decoy system (P&S); 10 PAAMS Sylver surface-to-air vertical launch silos; 11 4.5 mk8 Mod 1 naval gun: 4.5in gun gives destroyer naval fire support shore bombardment capability; 12 MFS - 7000 bow sonar (under keel)
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