A rather Daring sandwich

EXERCISE HMS Daring, left, Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
EXERCISE HMS Daring, left, Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
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SHE may have cost £1bn to build, but the Royal Navy’s HMS Daring looks rather small in comparison to her American counterparts.

As part of her regular exercises in the Gulf, the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer joined the USS Abraham Lincoln – an aircraft carrier with 35 jets and six helicopters.

The vast ship is carrying out combat flight missions in support of Enduring Freedom, a code name for the US mission in Afghanistan, as well as wider maritime security such as counter-piracy, smuggling, terrorism and people trafficking.

And sandwiched in the middle was the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe.

Since leaving Portsmouth in January, Daring has exercised with four US carrier strike groups in the Gulf.