Daring teams up with the big boys

ON PATROL HMS Daring with USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf
ON PATROL HMS Daring with USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf
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THE Royal Navy’s most advanced warship has teamed up for operations with two of the most powerful aircraft carriers in the world.

On her maiden deployment in the Middle East, the £1bn Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring has been taking part in exercises with the American carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln.

The 7,000-tonne anti-air destroyer, which is dwarfed by the 100,000-tonne US warships, has used her state-of-the-art radar systems to build up a surveillance picture of air traffic covering hundreds of miles over the Arabian Gulf.

‘Working with the US carriers and their air wings is the culmination of many months of training and hard work for the ship’s company,’ said Lt David Berry, one of Daring’s flight controllers.

‘For me, this is the pinnacle of my fighter-controlling career and it is truly amazing to watch it all come together in this operational theatre. Taking control of F-18 Super Hornets in this busy operational environment is hugely rewarding.’