HMS Daring calls into Saudi Arabia

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HMS Daring has made an official stop in Saudi Arabia during her first operational deployment to the Gulf.

The new £1bn Type 45 destroyer broke off from patrols to reinforce the UK’s strong ties with the kingdom.

Daring is working with nations in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, to disrupt drug smuggling, trafficking and piracy in the area.

The port visit to Al Jubayl provided an opportunity for the state-of-the-art warship to host 200 guests and VIPs.

Daring’s commanding officer, Captain Guy Robinson, said: ‘It was a great privilege for me to take HMS Daring alongside in Al Jubayl for the first time.

‘The visit provided an excellent opportunity to build on the strong relationship between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

‘They make a very significant contribution to fighting terrorism in the region while being a trusted naval partner.’

Lieutenant Thomas Wyatt who helped host tours of the ship, said: ‘It was great to be able to show the Saudis our ship. It is always really useful to show our allies and partners in the Gulf our capabilities.’