FAMILIES shed tears as they waved their loved-ones off as HMS Daring left Portsmouth for nine months.
Daring is one of the Royal Navy’s new-generation Type 45 destroyers.
She has now set off on a deployment which takes her to the Far East – and beyond.
Families gathered at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to see them off holding flags and banners and cheering.
Elisabeth Furber, 25, was saying goodbye to her husband Leading Hand Craig Furber, 24.
The couple live in Rowner in Gosport.
She said: ‘I’m a little bit nervous. I have cried a couple of times. I’m trying not to cry anymore.
‘We’ve only done six months before so its a bit more daunting this time.
‘It’s buzzing here. It’s really lovely to see so many people.’
Laura Bibb, 39, from Petersfied, was waving off her husband Chief Petty Officer Andy Bibb, 39.
She said: ‘I’m sad. This is his fourth or fifth trip. It’s difficult. This is his first with the children.
‘But it’s a good supportive atmosphere here. It’s lovely.’
Nick Baddeley travelled down to Portsmouth from Walsall near Birmingham to see off his son, Sub Lieutenant James Baddeley, 23.
Nick said: ‘I’m feeling proud. It’s the first time he’s been on a long trip.
‘We wanted to come down to show our support. There’s a first time for everything.’
Gill Bennett, 44, and her two children Abbie, six, and Logan, two, from Lincolnshire, were waving off husband and father Leading Hand Anthony Bennett.
Gill said: ‘We are a little bit sad but he will have a good time. This is my first time so it’s hard.
‘It’s very emotional, but everyone is in it together.
‘It’s nice to see that it’s well supported.’
The air defence warship will demonstrate the navy’s global reach during that time.
It includes contributing to maritime security in the Asia Pacific, conducting science and technology trials and representing the UK in Exercise Bersama Lima, a training exercise.
The deployment will also allow Daring and her 190 crew to represent the UK at high-profile celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.
The 7,500-tonne warship, which is the first of six new Type 45s built for the navy by BAE Systems, has the latest in maritime technology and is billed as the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful destroyer ever.