HMS Dauntless (D33)

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CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 28, 2012) The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dauntless (D-33) passes the UNITAS flagship.jpg
HMS Dauntless in 2012
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dauntless
Ordered: December 2000
Builder: BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions
Yard number: 1062[1]
Laid down: 28 August 2004
Launched: 23 January 2007
Commissioned: 3 June 2010[2]
  • Nil Desperandum
  • Latin: "Never Despair"
Status: In active service, as of 2017
Badge: HMS Dauntless Badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 45 Guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 8,000[5] to 8,500 t (8,400 long tons; 9,400 short tons)[6][7][8]
Length: 152.4 m (500 ft 0 in)
Beam: 21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Installed power:
Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)[10]
Range: In excess of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)[10]
Complement: 191[11] (accommodation for up to 235)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried:
  • 1–2 × Lynx Wildcat, armed with:
    • 4 × anti ship missiles, or
    • 2 × anti submarine torpedoes
  • or
  • 1 × Westland Merlin,[17] armed with:
    • 4 × anti-submarine torpedoes
Aviation facilities:
  • Large flight deck
  • Enclosed hangar

HMS Dauntless is the second ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She was launched at Govan in January 2007, was handed over to the Royal Navy on 3 December 2009 and was formally commissioned on 3 June 2010.


Dauntless’s construction began at the BAE Systems Naval Ships yard at Govan in August 2004 on the River Clyde. She was launched on 23 January 2007 at 3.25 pm by Lady Burnell-Nugent, wife of Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, the then-Commander-in-Chief Fleet. Dauntless is the adopted warship of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Because her modules were put together outside at BAE Govan, it was possible to complete more of her structure than her sister ship, Daring, which was launched from the covered facility at Scotstoun the previous year.

Sea trials[edit]

Upon completing her fitting out stage, HMS Dauntless sailed from the Clyde for the first time on 14 November 2008 to conduct sea trials, testing power and propulsion, weapons and communications systems. Although not yet transferred to the Royal Navy, some of her future crew sailed with her.[18] Dauntless arrived at HMNB Portsmouth for the first time on 2 December 2009, and was formally handed over to the Ministry of Defence by her builders on 3 December 2009.[19][20] During her sea trials Dauntless made her inaugural visit to her affiliated city of Newcastle upon Tyne in May 2010.

Operational history[edit]

Dauntless was commissioned on 3 June 2010 in the presence of her sponsor.[21] The MoD confirmed on 1 October 2010 that she had completed the first Sea Viper firing on a Hebridean firing range earlier in the week,[22] and the ship was accepted into service on 16 November the same year.[23]

In May 2011, Dauntless took part in Exercise Saxon Warrior in the Western Approaches, culminating in a so-called 'Thursday War'.[24]

In June 2011, Dauntless sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Norfolk, Virginia to take part in the FRUKUS war game exercises between Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom. En route in the Atlantic she rendezvoused and conducted manoeuvres with the Russian destroyer Admiral Chabanenko, which was also heading for the FRUKUS exercises, conducting cross helicopter exercises which saw Dauntless' two Lynx helicopters land on the Admiral Chabanenko. The deployment was the first time that two Lynxs had been deployed aboard a Type 45 destroyer.[25][26]

In September 2011, Dauntless was the first of the Type 45 destroyers to visit London. She sailed up the Thames and berthed opposite London City Airport for the Defence and Security Equipment International event.[27] On 25 November 2011, HMS Dauntless hosted Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey.[28]

In January 2012, it was announced that Dauntless would deploy to the South Atlantic to replace HMS Montrose which was stationed around the Falkland Islands. The deployment was condemned by the government of Argentina, which claimed that the UK was "militarising the South Atlantic", despite the replacement representing only a modest increase in fighting capacity.[29][30][31]

In 2015, Dauntless re-sailed for the Middle East after a short delay, with a plan to take part in the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign.[32] She is expected to conduct anti-piracy patrols, as well as provide escort to U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) which is involved in airstrikes against ISIL.[33] In November 2015, she participated with other NATO air defence ships in a "At Sea Demonstration", focusing on anti-ballistic missile warfare.[34]

In April 2016, The Independent stated that the vessel had been relegated to use as a training ship due to manpower and technical shortages, although this was disputed by the MOD at the time.[35] Her status as an engineering training ship pending entering refit was confirmed in June 2016.[36]


Commanding officers[edit]

  • 2009–2011: Captain Richard Powell RN
  • 2011–2012: Captain William Warrender RN
  • 2012–2015: Commander Adrian Fryer RN
  • 2015–present: Commander Charles Guy RN



  1. ^ The Harpoon missile is to be fitted to four of the six ships. HMS Duncan is to be the first.[16]


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