Shipbuilding News - 2 April 2008 - The Brightest Maritime Daily
HMS DARING on the Clyde begins second trials (Photo: Lesley Wild)
HMS DARING embarks on second
trials off Scotland's west coast
Second set follows successful
first trials last year...
HMS Daring, the first of class Type 45 Destroyer for the Royal Navy,
has set sail to start the second stage of sea trials. The trials will
involve extensive testing in open water off the west coast of Scotland
and will last for five weeks.
The 7350 tonne vessel is on course to complete a series of tests,
which will focus specifically on the weapons systems, radar and
platform performance and will include;
• Long Range Radar and navigation systems trials
• Medium caliber gun blast trials
• Weapon alignment tests
• Extensive endurance tests
The second stage trials follow the extremely successful stage one sea
trails, which focused on the platform functions of the ship including
the propulsion system. These trials were completed less than seven
months ago with Daring’s performance exceeding all expectations.
Speaking after Daring set sail from the Scotstoun yard, BAE Systems
Surface Fleet Solutions’ managing director Vic Emery OBE said; “Daring
has already proved that she is a force to be reckoned with following
her excellent performance last summer.
“This second stage of trials heralds the programme’s success to date
and is a clear result of the commitment from our workforce and the
strong partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Royal Navy.
“Daring has already exceeded many expectations and I hope this set of
trials will be an opportunity to build on her previous achievements
and demonstrate the outstanding capability that she will deliver to
the UK Armed Forces.”
The Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyers are the most advanced ships of
their type in the world to date and will provide the backbone of the
Royal Navy’s air defences for much of the first half of the 21st
century. During the first stage of sea trials, Daring sailed
approximately 4100 miles, using on average 35 cubic metres of fuel per
day and refuelled just once. This is equivalent to a quarter of the
fuel consumption of a Type 42 and of a Type 23 despite Daring being
more than a third larger than both classes of ship.
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